With the calendar turning to August, it will finally be time to get the players on the field and start preparing for games to occur in a little more than a month. Position battles will get sorted out and decisions will have to be made.
Arkansas is not going to rush into any decisions when it comes to the offensive line. The Razorbacks will be trying to create some stability after needing to win a lot of games down the stretch to make bowl eligibility. Nowhere is stability needed more than on the offensive line.
Arkansas is going to let the offensive line sort itself out on the field. No decisions have been made, Bret Bielema said at a Arkansas Razorback Club event on Friday, as camp gets set to begin.
“I’m going to say I’m going to defer,” Bielema told reporters of the starting offensive line. “I want to figure it out myself. I want to kind of see who they are and what they are and what they bring.”
Neither Bielema nor offensive line coach Kurt Anderson would name a starting offensive line yet. It will be something that sorts itself out during camp.
It is a safe bet that Arkansas will start its two returning starters — senior right tackle Dan Skipper and junior center Frank Ragnow. They will have to anchor the team. There is a lot of youth and inexperience throughout the line.
At the end of spring, Colton Jackson and Hjalte Froholdt were manning the left side of the offensive line. The right guard positions seemed as open as ever.
“We’ve got a lot of capable guys,” Anderson said. “We’ve got guys that have worked their tails off and are going to fight for it. And that’s not to say those other four spots are set in stone.
“There are some very capable guys that have either worked themselves into position this summer or have arrived on campus this summer and have put themselves in a position that is either going to provide depth or push guys for opportunities to play this year for the Razorbacks.”
Of course, it all seems very fluid right now. Ultimately jobs are earned on the field.