The Arkansas Razorbacks have an important pre-workout game this week against Louisiana-Monroe at home in Fayetteville. Why is it important? John L. Smith and his Razorbacks host the nation’s top squad, the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sept. 15, and Bama looked more than impressive in week one against the Michigan Wolverines.
The Razorbacks are ranked eighth in the country coming off a 49-24, week one victory against Jacksonville State. Senior quarterback Tyler Wilson has a chance to write himself an incredible Heisman trophy resume this year if he can somehow navigate his way to a SEC Championship or even a National Championship.
Wilson was impressive in week one as he threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns. Stud running-back Knile Davis is making his comeback after he had to red-shirt in 2011 due to a fractured ankle. Davis also appeared to be in mid-season form as he rushed for 70 yards on 18 carries, one of which was a five-yard trip to the end-zone. Davis was punishing defenders at the end of each run, which is a good sign of things to come if he can stay healthy.
Arkansas will look to find consistency in the air-attack as the Hogs are still looking to fill the void left after three Razorback receivers were taken in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Expect to see senior Cobi Hamilton and juniors Javontee Herndon and Brandon Mitchell all get a share of Wilson’s targets through the air this week against Louisiana-Monroe.
Mitchell is an interesting new weapon for Wilson. The junior is a quarterback turned wide-receiver, but had an impressive debut last week as he hauled in four balls for 122 yards. Mitchell is 6’4 and 230 pounds, eye candy for Wilson.
For Wilson and the Hogs, it all starts with Alabama next week, but it would be nice to find some consistency and rhythm if they are going to give Nick Saban and Alabama a test next week.
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