It’s transition time for college football teams around the country, new players are coming in and a select few are preparing for the NFL draft. This means combine invites are starting to come in as well. Keon Hatcher found out that he will be joining Brooks Ellis at the combine. Neither will likely be an early round pick but with the right team both could be successful.
As for the players coming in, there is a growing trend of early enrollees and JUCO transfers coming in for the spring semester. The goal is to get the bonus of some extra spring practices and workouts to make the transition more smooth in the fall. Three JUCO players and six high school athletes will be coming to the Hill early. Tight End Jeremy Patton and Receiver Brandon Martin are two of the highest rated players in this year’s class that will be coming early.
After the win against Mississippi State, Arkansas really looked to have a solid foundation to build on this offseason. Two second half collapses completely undid that and now Bret Bielema and staff has to go into the offseason with no momentum. Bielema has talked about how this offseason will have some new wrinkles, but now he has to get things turned around while doing that.
So what could the depth chart look like for next season? Here is a mock up with the new 3-4 scheme used as a template. Some names like Cheyenne O’Grady and Dwayne Eugene will probably be there despite the omissions here. The two-deep at the secondary looks to be solid, although Montaric Brown could also find his way in there. Outside of Jared Cornelius, wide receiver could also be a complete toss up depending on who does well in the spring.
After a nice road win over Tennessee, the Razorback basketball team is heading to Rupp Arena to face a Kentucky team that just absolutely blasted Texas A&M off the map. Here are the other times Arkansas has escaped Lexington with a win, you’ll notice it is a pretty short list.