The future of the Razorback offense won’t slow down. Not one bit. Why? Because Kendal Briles, it’s returnees and incoming recruits won’t let it backslide. We all know that a potential Heisman contending quarterback in KJ Jefferson is ready to let loose in 2022. This team goes much deeper than its fearless leader though.
The 2021 offense had the most 30-point games (eight) since 2011 when the Tyler Wilson led group had nine. There’s still one game left to go and at least tie the record during bowl season.
Jefferson had the most touchdowns and total yards by a Razorback quarterback since Austin Allen in 2016. The revitalization process for Razorback football would still be near ground zero if it weren’t for Jefferson. That’s just how valuable the redshirt sophomore from Sardis, Miss. has been in 2021.
With the ability to develop quarterbacks even week-to-week, Briles deserves a lot of credit for how this offense progressed during the season. There’s not a single player in the country that got better through the season as Jefferson. Honestly, it was admirable how many steps forward the offense took after the Georgia game.
There could be a small dip at the wide receiver position if Treylon Burks does indeed leave Arkansas for the NFL. That leaves us with one question: Will any local or state of Arkansas businesses come together and give him a $7 million deal to return to the Hogs for one more season? A shot at a championship is pretty much the only thing left to accomplish for the Razorbacks greatest wide receiver ever.
($7 mil/4 years is what the highest drafted receiver, Jamar Chase, was signed for last season by the Cincinnati Bengals.)
We all know that a Burks return for the 2022 season, although unlikely, would make it even more special in Fayetteville. So special that fans expectations would be championship or bust based solely off the offensive ingenuity.
Jaqualyn Crawford-Redshirt Senior: 3 receptions, 27 yards
Warren Thompson-Redshirt Senior: 18 receptions, 292 yards and 2 touchdowns.
John David White-Redshirt Junior: 1 reception for 19 yards
Darin Turner-Redshirt Sophomore:
Harper Cole-Redshirt Sophomore
Ketron Jackson-Sophomore: 5 receptions, 97 yards and 1 touchdown
Chris Harris-Redshirt Freshman
Jaedon Wilson-Redshirt Freshman
Bryce Stephens-Redshirt Freshman
Four-star wide receiver: Isaiah Sategna
Four-star wide receiver: Quincey McAdoo
Four-star wide receiver: Samuel Mbake
It’s also worth noting that Arkansas could move Rocket Sanders back to wide receiver with the potential loss of Burks. However, that is just a part of the rumor mill at this point.
All the talk here has been about the receivers but what about a running back room? Position coach Jimmy Smith has these guys playing with confidence and physicality reminiscent to the Houston Nutt era.
With Trelon Smith potentially leaving (he does have one year left of eligibility) since he did participate in Senior Day activities the Hogs still have plenty to work with there.
This room has two players who have already rushed for over 500 yards in Smith and Jefferson. Sanders (1 yard) and the bully Dominique Johnson (2 yards) could both surpass the 500 yard mark during the bowl game.
Arkansas could finish the season with four 500-yard rushers.— Jacob Davis (@JacobScottDavis) December 2, 2021
Trelon Smith: 592
KJ Jefferson: 554
Rocket Sanders: 499
Dominique Johnson: 498
That would be the most by a Razorback quartet since 1975.
When you return a running game that is in the top 15 nationally it gives this team the potential to be very good. How scary would an offense be with a dominant runner in Sanders? How about a developed speedster in AJ Green? Or the biggest bully of them all in Johnson who has an offseason to get stronger? Add in a slasher in incoming freshman Rashod Dubinion and a between the tackles guy in James Jointer and that could make this running game hard to stop.
Trelon Smith: Redshirt Senior
Dominique Johnson: Redshirt Sophomore
Rocket Sanders: Sophomore
AJ Green: Sophomore
Rashod Dubinion: Freshman
James Jointer: Freshman
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