Frank Ragnow was a force on Arkansas’ offensive line last season, even earning All-SEC second team honors among other national recognition. In 2017, Ragnow will be back for his senior season. And not only that, but he could have an expanded role — by playing defense.
Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema joined “Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly” on Wednesday, and he told Mattingly that he may consider using Ragnow on defense in addition to his offensive duties in the upcoming season, citing that Ragnow could fit well in the Hogs’ 3-4 defensive scheme.
Bielema: Frank Ragnow is probably a guy who can be used some on the defensive side of the ball next year, especially in a 3-4.
— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) March 29, 2017
Arkansas’ 3-4 defense will be new in 2017 after they promoted defensive backs coach Paul Rhoads to defensive coordinator.
Ragnow, who is listed at 6-foot-5, 319 pounds, has no collegiate defensive experience. In fact, Ragnow hasn’t played defense since his senior season at Chanhassen (Minn.) High School in 2013, where he starred on both the offensive and defensive lines.
Hogs fans on Twitter were skeptical of the move. But time will tell whether it’s a smart maneuver, should Bielema decide he does in fact want to use Ragnow on offense and defense.
You've got to be kidding me? An All American center playing both sides of the ball in the SEC?
— Nate Elliott (@WNElliott) March 29, 2017
@SportsTalkwBo this will make bielema look like a genius or a complete idiot
— Jeffrey Ryan Smith (@jeff_ryan0323) March 29, 2017
@SportsTalkwBo that's moronic
— Jeremy Nuckolls (@jnuck27) March 29, 2017