Ken Hamlin played three seasons at Arkansas from 2000-02 before moving on to an eight-year NFL career. And 15 years after last suiting up for the Razorbacks, the former safety can pinpoint one reason for the Hogs’ recent struggles — a lack of passion.
“For whatever reason, we don’t see that same passion in the players now, and that’s what’s sort of frustrating,” Hamlin told Bo Mattingly of Sports Talk with Bo on Wednesday. “We want to root for a team, of course we want to root for the Hogs regardless. But we want to see that same type of product, at least that same type of passion on the field.”
Arkansas is 4-5 this season after barely pulling out a win over Coastal Carolina at home last weekend. The Razorbacks are 1-4 against SEC opponents, and there have been rumors of them replacing coach Bret Bielema before next season.
Hamlin continued by saying that college football players are “spoiled” now with the top equipment and facilities that all universities have. He wants to see more of the attitude he saw from his playing days when those things weren’t quite as nice.
“We knew how to grind. We pushed each other,” Hamlin said. “It wasn’t a problem with somebody getting mad at somebody else, because you knew the end result, where we wanted to be. Now it just seems like a big play happens on the field, you look on the sideline and it’s just like everybody’s coming back and just sitting down. Nobody’s having a conversation with anybody. It doesn’t seem like the same leadership is there, which it should be.”
To watch the full clip of this part of Hamlin’s conversation with Mattingly, watch below:
Former Razorback Ken Hamlin expresses his frustration with Arkansas' defense: "For whatever reason we don’t see the same passion in the players now." pic.twitter.com/ybyJ8YGcy5
— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) November 9, 2017