Arkansas’ victory against Ole Miss was a step in the right direction for more reasons than it being the Razorbacks’ first SEC win of the season. How the Hogs got the win is far more important.
One of the biggest changes from Arkansas against the Rebels was the competency of the offensive line. Specifically, the right side of the offensive line was much improved.
That right side has been responsible for the biggest plays against the Arkansas offense this season. Most of the sacks came from that side and the least amount of rushing yards came through it. But since Brian Wallace replaced Colton Jackson as the starting right tackle, there has been a steady increase in play.
It could be argued that side of the line was the best performing Saturday. The Rebels still got through it for a sack against Austin Allen, but where that side of the line was best, and what helps make Arkansas far more balanced and dangerous, was in the run.
Rawleigh Williams III, Devwah Whaley and a pair of wide receivers on end-arounds ran for 119 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries when going to the right. Contrast that against six carries for 21 yards against Alabama (one which went for 11) and six for 24 yards against Texas A&M.
Arkansas was loath to even run behind Wallace and right guard Jake Raulerson until the Ole Miss game. That doesn’t mean things are fixed for good, but if Arkansas can avoid becoming a left- and middle-only type team, one of the most dynamic offenses in the SEC is only going to get better.