Arkansas football: Razorbacks in no-man’s land with No. 38 ranking in the country
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No respect, I tell ya; no respect at all
Opinions on how the Arkansas football season will turn out vary anywhere from four wins for the super pessimistic to 10-plus victories for the giant homers. If you were to take where the Razorbacks are ranked in the preseason coaches poll and extrapolate that to the expected win total, you’d come up with a 7-5 record.
Arkansas is ranked a de facto 38th in the country in the preseason poll that came out Thursday. Technically, the Razorbacks aren’t ranked at all, but they did receive the 38th-most points in vote tallying, thus the de facto ranking. Teams in front of Arkansas that the Razorbacks play this year are …
Teams ahead of Arkansas in preseason poll rankings
- 31-Texas A&M
It should be noted, too, Mississippi State had the 39th-highest point total. The Bulldogs and Razorbacks play in the penultimate game of the Arkansas regular season in Fayetteville.
Son of NFL player may play as a frosh
That’d be Koilan Jackson, son of Natural State native Keith Jackson, who played tight end for Oklahoma and then the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins of the NFL. Koilan is in his first year with the Razorbacks, but the 6-foot-2, 215-pound wideout has the physical gifts to make quick and early noise at a position badly needing playmakers.
Dan Skipper debut
Former Arkansas offensive lineman Dan Skipper left the Razorbacks as a fan favorite. At 6-10, the four-year starter was an expert at blocking kicks and, frankly, he was pretty good at blocking people, too. He had his first official professional dress-out Thursday night when his Dallas Cowboys played the Arizona Cardinals.
This ain’t no Sheryl Crow song or Nic Cage movie
Freshman wide receiver Maleek Barkley may be low on the depth chart for now but don’t expect that for future seasons. Barkley is a perfect redshirt candidate after leaving Las Vegas for the state of Arkansas.
Arkansas’ 3-4 defensive scheme puts — you guessed it — four linebackers on the field at the same time. At a position that wasn’t exactly a strength for the Razorbacks last season, defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads is banking on some improvement there in 2017.
Adios, goodbye, auf Wiedersehen, adieu, farewell
Quick shout-out to our boy at/formerly of SEC Country, Mr. Jason Kersey. He’s leaving us for other pastures. He’ll be missed. I mean, I won’t be able to see how my hair looks by peeking at his skull anymore.
Tweets and the like
Here’s a pregame piece of Skipper before his debut:
— Ben Creighton (@Ben_CreightonTV) August 3, 2017
Sad face 🙁 but I’m sure the group text between Jason, Trent, John Nabors and I will continue to make fun of … never mind.
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) August 3, 2017
I got nothin’ here. Truth be told, the coaches poll is a joke. Been a joke for several years now. Heck, preseason polls are a joke. I’m sort of ashamed I kicked off Breakfast with it. Whatevs.
Texas is in the coaches' top 25. pic.twitter.com/JthyWpV8og
— Trent Shadid (@Shadid13) August 3, 2017
Yee-Haw! Today in Arkansas
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