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Arkansas Razorbacks News: Offensive Line, Receivers, and Baseball Bounces Back

Taking a look at some of the positions the Hogs are looking to fill in the spring.

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Bret Bielema wanted to establish the run game and physicality in their first scrimmage. The offensive line appears to have done well with that challenge this spring. The defensive line had limitations but the Offensive Line ran over them in the scrimmage. Dan Enos wanted to test out certain schemes and have the running backs practice certain cuts and it looks like the running game is performing well. They also did so without Frank Ragnow, Bielema has been cautious with him and has always planned to hold him out of scrimmage situations.

Last season La’Michael Pettway found himself behind a lot of upperclassmen on the depth chart. In this piece, Pettway talks about how he used that time to learn from them. With some big holes in the receiving corps, Pettway looks to be an important piece of the Razorback offense this year.

If there was any hangover from the LSU series, the baseball team didn’t show it. They bounced back and beat Missouri State 12-4 in Springfield. Since the Super Regional in 2015, this series has produced some pretty entertaining midweek games. Arkansas getting right back up and blowing out the Bears is a good sign.

Because of TV, Arkansas gets a Thursday-Saturday series this weekend. The Hogs will play Georgia and is a prime candidate to get back to winning ways. The Bulldogs are 15-19 overall and are struggling in conference play. Arkansas is currently in a 4-way tie for first in the SEC and are the only ones of the four at home this weekend. Mississippi State is at South Carolina, Auburn is at Tennessee, and Kentucky is at Missouri.

The MVP of the season so far is probably Blaine Knight. He has taken hold of the Friday night starter role and ran with it. His performance has him on the midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award. The Golden Spikes is the biggest award in college baseball, and is the same award Andrew Benintendi won in 2015.