The size of the Arkansas Razorback offensive line is a far, far cry from what it was during the initial Sam Pittman period from 2013-2015. For three seasons, the Hogs were able to field “the biggest offensive line in all of football.” That was a term that was used weekly and fans took pride of it. So did former Razorback head coach, Bret Bielema who placed his offensive line on the front of the media guide for the 2015 SEC Media Days. Frank Ragnow, Denver Kirkland, Dan Skipper, Sebastian Tretola and Mitch Smothers made up the biggest offensive line in football and did it go down in a hurry after that.
Pittman and new offensive line coach, Brad Davis are tasked with the rebuild of the offensive line that has been dreadful since the 2016 season. The pride of the Razorback line from 2012-2015 was allowing the fewest sacks amongst the SEC teams during that timeframe. The Hogs then went downhill in a hurry as they would allow sack numbers in the 30’s for the next two seasons with a slight improvement during the 2018-2019 seasons.
The offseason gains made by current starting left tackle Myron Cunningham will benefit him for sure heading into the season. Last week executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl, Jim Nagy had this to say about Cunningham.
One of potentially fastest risers in ‘21 draft is @RazorbackFB LT Myron Cunningham. Didn’t play first 2 years at Western Illinois and then transferred to Iowa Central CC before earning a starting job in SEC. NFL starter talent if he adds mass & strength.#TheDraftStartsInMOBILE pic.twitter.com/MB4yxWoIN7— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) June 23, 2020
The latter part of the tweet says it all in “adding mass and strength.” If Cunningham can continue to make strides in the weight room and on the field you can expect him to be a underrated prospect in the 2021 draft.
Myron Cunningham +34
Ricky Stromberg +32
Ty Clary +13
Shane Clenin +12