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‘Meh’ Arkansas D-line meets ‘Woof’ South Carolina O-line
In the trenches.
It’s been the mantra of the SEC for a good 10-plus years now that the conference was so good because of speed and the quality of line play. Both Arkansas and South Carolina have that first quality in plenty. The second, not so much.
South Carolina’s offensive line is one of the worst, if not the absolute worst, in the SEC. If you think Arkansas’ line is rough (which it is), take a gander at the Gamecocks’ front five. The numbers are atrocious.
Counter to that, Arkansas’ three-man defensive line and two outside linebackers — the group that is generally most responsible for getting to opposing quarterbacks — has been lackluster, too. The Razorbacks, at least, won’t have an excuse for injury or low quality. McTelvin Agim, a 5-star recruit in the Class of 2016, collected his first sack of the season last week against New Mexico State.
Really, it’s moveable object meets resistible force.
This is yet another game in the SEC that will be won up front. It will just be uglier than usual.
David Williams looks to set career highs against former team
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema raves about David Williams, the graduate transfer from South Carolina. Williams has combined with Devwah Whaley and Chase Hayden to give the Razorbacks an enviable three-man rushing attack. All three are above the 200-yard mark, individually, through four games.
For Williams, that’s awfully close to the best he has ever done. He spent his entire career with the Gamecocks, as a backup. Not once did he gain more than 300 yards rushing in a single season. His career touchdown total at South Carolina was 5.
A good day Saturday and Williams can eclipse that first mark. A touchdown Saturday and he can tie his career total for scores entering this season.
Bielema is keeping the pressure off his first-year player. Figure Williams has enough to play for without all the extra attention we in the media will give him before a hugely important game for the Razorbacks. Smart move and one I don’t begrudge Bielema for making.
Ready for Arkansas hoops? Khalil Garland is not
Based off your recent questions for the mailbag, the answer is yes. Yes, you are.
Arkansas Basketball Media Day takes place later Tuesday and I’ll be there for any information you might want. Honestly, it won’t be a lot of hard stuff. The newsiest thing has already hit.
Freshman guard Khalil Garland has not been cleared to practice yet. The team began preseason camp Monday, so to speak, and Garland was held out. He is dealing with an undisclosed medical issue.
“He will continue to get treatment for this condition and the medical staff is optimistic that he will be cleared to return to full participation at a later date,” coach Mike Anderson said in a statement Monday.
That makes the rotation look something like this:
C — Daniel Gafford
F — Dustin Thomas
SG — Daryl Macon
COMBO — Jaylen Barford
PG — Anton Beard
F — Adrio Bailey
C — Trey Thompson
G — C.J. Jones
Swing — Darious Hall
F — Gabe Osabuohien
F — Arlando Cook
Anderson could opt to start Bailey at a wing spot and kick Beard back to the bench to get another guard in that role instead of having just Jones there. In fact, bet on it more often than not. Also, Gafford isn’t a lock to start. Just what I think now. Could change after some practices and we learn more.
Cook’s status is so low because of an offseason arrest that has yet to be cleared. That could be another piece of news gathered Tuesday. I’ll keep you updated.
- Arkansas and Alabama were supposed to get a game-time announcement for Week 7 on Monday. Didn’t happen. CBS kept its option open to carry the game. So, we’ll find out next week. Smart money is an ESPN-affiliated channel and a 6 p.m. kick.
- Gafford is the most highly anticipated freshman signee since Bobby Portis. Jimmy Carter at WholeHogSports takes a look at how quickly Gafford will make an impact and just how large that impact will be.
- Austin Allen could have folded up after throwing an ill-advised interception early Saturday against New Mexico State. Instead, he had a magnificent day, wrote Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Bob Holt.
- Recruiting is a topic that sticks in the craw of some who think the Razorbacks have failed to develop personnel in recent years. Out Trent Shadid explores if Arkansas did what it wanted and needed in that department during the month of September.
Tweets and the like
Former Arkansas track and field star Sandi Morris was across the street when the gunman in Las Vegas opened fired at a Jason Aldean concert late Sunday. What a terrible thing.
Video: U.S. Olympian Sandi Morris recalls being on lockdown at a show near the deadly Las Vegas shooting https://t.co/PlPwcLwF9v
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 2, 2017
Hey, I’m not always an idiot, apparently. Wrote after the game Saturday that Deon Stewart and Jordan Jones were stepping up their games to the point of becoming legitimate SEC options for Allen.
Team MVPs announced by Coach Bielema ⬇️
Special Teams: @ryderlucas03
— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) October 2, 2017
Hi, there, Arkansas basketball. Glad to have you back.
First practice = New swag. pic.twitter.com/2Aq0b33T3M
— Razorback Basketball (@RazorbackMBB) October 2, 2017
Skip Breakfast? C’mon. It’s too important. Catch up with previous versions here.
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