Arkansas’ running game struggling under first-year offensive coordinator
Arkansas needs to find some answers.
The Razorbacks were upset by Toledo over the weekend, leaving fans thinking, “What went wrong?”
While Arkansas fans will have many, many answers to that question, one common response might be the Razorbacks’ rushing attack, which accumulated just 103 yards against Toledo. In fact, it has been a struggle in both games this season.
After two games, Arkansas is No. 90 in the FBS in rushing offense, collecting 142.5 yards on the ground per game. That puts them as the No.11-best rushing team in the SEC, a category in which they finished fifth last season.
It’s still early, but after two games last season the Razorbacks had already gained 648 yards on the ground compared to only 285 yards entering Week 3 this year. A drop off was expected after losing senior Jonathan Williams for the season due to a foot injury, but that’s a steep decline.
Arkansas still boasts a big offensive line, but one thing has changed—the offensive coordinator.
Dan Enos, who was the head coach at Central Michigan for the five seasons prior, was hired in January to become Arkansas’ offensive coordinator, and he seems to have implemented a more pass-heavy offense.
“You get what you emphasize. We’ve thrown 73 passes and we haven’t gave up a sack and we can’t run the ball,” Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman said to ArkansasNews.com’s Eric W.Bolin. “That’s coaching. We’re trying to get it fixed the best we can.”
The Razorbacks’ passing game has been strong this season, and quarterback Brandon Allen ranks No. 5 nationally in passing after two games. But a strong rushing attack led them to a winning record and a bowl game victory last year, and there were no surprising upset losses.
So this begs the question: If it ain’t broke, why fix it?