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The Emergence of Warren A Great Thing For Hog Football

NCAA Football: Arkansas at Auburn John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The emergence of De’Vion Warren at wide receiver for the Razorbacks has been a welcome sight this season. The former 3-star athlete from Monroe, Louisiana had a total of 8 receptions for 238 yards and 1 touchdown receiving for the first three years he was on campus.

The most notable issue for the Razorback wide receivers in the past was their lack of separation from the defender. Well, whether it was the scheme, complexity of the offense or the lack of physicality from their position. Heck, it could be a combination of all three things. I’ll go with a lack of physicality for instance. When you line up at receiver and are looking at the defender in your face you have three choices. You either are going to burn them by running past them, running elite routes or being physical with your defender to cause separation. Warren is actually doing all three of those things right and that is why he is also having the success under new offensive coordinator Kendal Briles.

In football, it is always about the right place at the right time and for a guy like Warren that time is now. Warren is playing the best ball of his career in an offense that was finally able to use him properly. When former head coach Bret Bielema recruited Warren he mentioned needing speed to compete in the SEC and he did that. Although most of that speed didn’t stay on campus as long as Warren has the wait has finally paid off in a dang big way.

So far, Warren has caught 10 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. He has never had more than one touchdown in a game. So, during the game against Auburn he was so good that he had two. Oh, and last thing the reason that Warren is playing at such a high level is due to him having the best quarterback he has ever had in his Arkansas career in Feleipe Franks. Here is to more stretching of the field with that 4.4 speed. Peace and Woo Pig!