A day after center Frank Ragnow announced his return to Arkansas for his senior season, wide receiver Jared Cornelius did the same. And now, barring something funky, Arkansas will get back major underclassman as part of next year’s team.
Those two being on offense will go a long way in making the Razorbacks one of the SEC’s best on that side of the ball. Ragnow was a first-team All-America, per Pro Football Focus, and Cornelius saw All-SEC love, as well. Austin Allen was second in the league in nearly every positive passing category and Rawleigh Williams III led the conference in rushing.
If that doesn’t have fans salivating, nothing will. The Arkansas offense could be absolutely deadly next year, assuming, too, offensive coordinator Dan Enos returns.
Check out this potential spring lineup:
QB: Austin Allen/Cole Kelley
RB: Rawleigh Williams III/Devwah Whaley
WR: Jared Cornelius/Deon Stewart
WR: Brandon Martin/La’Michael Pettway
WR: TJ Hammonds/Jordan Jones
LT: Brian Wallace
LG: Hjate Froholdt
C: Frank Ragnow
RG: Johnny Gibson
RT: Colton Jackson
Oh, that could definitely be worse. Just don’t ask to see the defense.
Will they really do it now?
Speaking of that defense …
Our Jason Kersey wrote Wednesday that Arkansas might start making its switch to a 3-4 from its 4-2-5 as soon as the Belk Bowl.
Ballsy. Especially ballsy if Dre Greenlaw isn’t able to go.
Arkansas was barely able to put two capable linebackers on the field after Greenlaw went down with injury halfway through the season. Going to four linebackers all of the sudden might provide a different look to Virginia Tech, but I’m not sure how guys such as Dwayne Eugene, Khalia Hackett or Josh Williams are going play if given more than cursory snaps. They didn’t during the rest of the season.
That doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea going forward. It isn’t. But against Virginia Tech, I can’t imagine it’ll be used except in certain cases.
Hoops Hogs ready for final noncon
If it weren’t for Sam Houston, Texas might not even be a state. And there sure as heck wouldn’t be a Sam Houston State.
The predicted Southland Conference champs are 8-3 entering their game against Arkansas on Thursday night in North Little Rock. The record looks strong and all, but four of those eight wins came against non-Division I opponents. Sam Houston State did beat Southern Illinois, which Arkansas did, too, but the Salukis are arguably the second-worst team Arkansas has played this year and the Razorbacks won by 20-plus. The Bearkats won by six.
They’re dangerous enough, as any team predicted to win a one-bid league can be. But they only edged out Stephen F. Austin for first place in the preseason by a single vote. Arkansas handled Stephen F. Austin earlier this year already, too.
The trick for Mike Anderson’s team will be avoiding a letdown away from Bud Walton Arena, especially with SEC play starting next week against Florida — the same day as the Belk Bowl, by the way.
Tip is at 7 p.m., but no television.
- Houston Nutt was run out of Fayetteville when he was coaching Arkansas back in the late 2000s, so he knows a little something about expectations for the Razorbacks coach. He hinted Bielema ought to up his win total if he wants to avoid a similar fate.
- Arkansas’ newest linebacker, Kyrei Fisher, was a leader for Union, the powerhouse high school team in Oklahoma, our Trent Shadid writes.
- A look back, game by game at Arkansas’ football season, per Kersey.
- Bentonville-based megastore Walmart has taken the lead in promoting “Greater,” the film about former Arkansas walk-on Brandon Burlsworth, per Robbie Neiswanger at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.