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Arkansas' offensive line is heavier than any unit on an NFL team this season.

The note was pointed out by Brett McMurphy on ESPN this morning. 10 offensive linemen are listed at 320-plus pounds on the school's site. Head coach Bret Bielema has always relied on the running game, and his belief is a heavier offensive line gets the job done. Many NFL teams are actually getting lighter along the offensive line.
Sep 20 - 10:07 AM

Arkansas junior RB Jonathan Williams rushed for 145 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries in Saturday's 49-28 blowout win over Texas Tech.

Technically, this was an upset, but nobody told the Razorbacks, whose well-oiled ground attack was an awful matchup for Texas Tech's Swiss cheese run defense. Despite Williams' outstanding afternoon, he didn't even come close to leading the Razorbacks in rushing. That honor went to sophomore RB Alex Collins, the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2013, who had 212 yards and two touchdowns. Williams, who rushed for 900 yards and four touchdowns in a complimentary role last year, "shows good leg drive to generate yards after contact," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote last month.
Sep 13 - 9:21 PM

Arkansas senior CB Tevin Mitchel (hamstring) might take a redshirt this season.

"He's getting better and I think he's excited about the progress, but obviously ... you know there's a redshirt year available to him if that ends up being the case," Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema said. "But we're not ready to cross that bridge yet." CBS Sports' Rob Rang called Mitchel "a bit of enigma" in August, and we understand why. He was a Freshman All-SEC performer in 2011, played well enough in 2012 that he was considered one of the SEC's top corners heading into last year, and then face planted and was benched mid-season by Bielema himself. "Mitchel enters his senior campaign having earned starts over the past three seasons but in need of a breakout to assure being drafted," Rang wrote in August. It's possible Mitchel will now have to wait a year.
Sep 4 - 6:16 PM

Arkansas senior Trey Flowers saw his draft stock slide over the weekend against Auburn, notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Flowers did finish the night with 9 tackles during the Razorbacks 24-point loss to Auburn but much of that was after the fact and he had minimal impact," Pauline wrote. "Considering Auburn was starting a new left tackle as well as a back-up quarterback, Flowers should’ve been omnipresent in the opponents backfield." The 6-foot-4, 262-pounder earned Second Team All-SEC honors in 2013, racking up 44 tackles, including 13.5 for loss and five sacks, as well as three forced fumbles and an interception. Pauline disseminated Flowers a Rds. 3-4 grade over the summer.
Sep 3 - 8:18 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Arkansas junior WR Keon Hatcher will likely make himself available for the 2015 draft.

Pauline allots Hatcher a Rds. 2-3 preseason grade, higher than we've seen from other analysts. "To say I like the game of receiver Keon Hatcher is an understatement. He’s a well sized receiver who can take over games. Hatcher’s consistent and wins out for contested passes," Pauline wrote. "Though not a burner he is sneaky fast and capable of big plays from the line of scrimmage. From what I’m told I would be very surprised if Hatcher does not make himself available for the 2015 NFL Draft."
Sep 2 - 8:26 PM

Arkansas senior Trey Flowers will solicit a wide variety of opinions from scouts, notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-4, 262-pounder earned Second Team All-SEC honors in 2013, racking up 44 tackles, including 13.5 for loss and five sacks, as well as three forced fumbles and an interception. "The senior defensive end receives a variety of grades from scouts and has been stamped anywhere from a third round prospect to a late seventh round player," Pauline wrote. "Flowers comes with average size speed numbers but is a solid pass rusher who looks athletic on the field. I struggle to see him line up as anything other than a 4-3 defensive end in the NFL yet I like his propensity to force the action behind the line of scrimmage." Pauline himself allots Flowers with a Rds. 3-4 grade.
Sep 1 - 5:20 PM

Arkansas redshirt junior QB Brandon Allen's truck was set on fire early Monday morning.

Allen placed a 4 a.m. phone call to his coach to explain he was watching his vehicle burn. "Your breath kind of stops for a moment when I saw it was (Allen) calling me," Razorbacks' coach Bret Bielema said at his press conference on Monday. "He just kind of explained to me that he was calling to let me know that his car was on fire and he was watching it across the street and the fire department was there and his dad was on the way. That, unfortunately something had put his car on fire, that he didn't really know at the time what had taken place." Three to four vehicle were set on fire in the Fayetteville area on Sunday night. Thankfully, Allen wasn't injured. He threw for 1,552 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, and returns as starter.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 5:25 PM

Coming off a season lost to injury, CBS Sports' Rob Rang still thinks the NFL is monitoring Arkansas redshirt senior WR Demetrius Wilson.

"Wilson missed the entire 2013 campaign after tearing an ACL last August but is expected to take over as the featured X receiver in Arkansas' passing attack this year," Rang wrote. "A two-time all-conference pick at Glendale Community College, Wilson signed with Arkansas over the likes of Tennessee, Arizona and Arizona State and caught nine passes for 117 yards and a touchdown for the Hogs in 2012." Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema told the media in July that Wilson is back to full strength. The Razorbacks, which released redshirt sophomore WR D’Arthur Cowan over the summer, will rely on Wilson heavily this year.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 10:13 PM

Arkansas junior RB Jonathan Williams "shows good leg drive to generate yards after contact," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Bielema maintained Barry Alvarez's tradition of churning out NFL running backs at Wisconsin and in Williams and [sophomore] Alex Collins, the talent is already in place at Arkansas to do the same," Rang wrote. Williams, in fact, took a backseat to SEC Freshman of the Year Collins last year. He rushed for 900 yards and four touchdowns in a complimentary role. "Williams doesn't possess his teammates' acceleration but he's a well-built back who attacks the line of scrimmage and shows good leg drive to generate yards after contact," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 10:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang says Arkansas redshirt senior OLB Braylon Mitchell "is light on his feet and changes directions fluidly."

Linebackers coach Randy Shannon brought out the best of Mitchell last year, unleashing him for 77 tackles after the 6-foot-2, 231-pounder had spent most of the previous three campaigns covering kicks. "Mitchell is light on his feet and changes directions fluidly but too often is a step slow in recognizing the play and is more of a tentative grab and drag tackler rather than a heat-seeking missile," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 9:18 PM

Arkansas senior S Alan Turner "has a high, choppy back pedal and does not have ideal straight-line speed," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Turner led the team with 97 tackles and had five pass breakups and two interceptions while starting all 12 games in 2013, his first campaign as a starter. "Turner possesses a short, stout frame for the safety position," Rang wrote. "He is a physical, downhill hitter who likes to duck his head and lead with his shoulder, creating some big collisions. While committed to stopping the run, Turner recognizes his responsibility as the last line of defense and doesn't unnecessarily attack when teammates are in position to make the play, showing patience and awareness. He faces the ball from a staggered set, which makes it easier for him to cover half of the field in pass protection as he has a high, choppy back pedal and does not have ideal straight-line speed." The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Turner runs a 4.59 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 9:05 PM

Arkansas senior CB Tevin Mitchel has been "a bit of enigma," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Mitchel enters his senior campaign having earned starts over the past three seasons but in need of a breakout to assure being drafted," Rang wrote. "The athleticism and bloodlines are there, as Mitchel is the son of former Oklahoma (and New England Patriots) option quarterback and running back Eric Mitchel." The 6-foot, 188-pounder runs a 4.52 forty. "Mitchel is a fluid athlete with natural coverage skills who changes directions easily and flashes the hand-eye coordination to rip passes away as they arrive, as well as make the interception," Rang wrote. "He is a bit of enigma at this point, however, as he has yet to put it all together and enjoy the big year expected given his talent."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 8:36 PM

Arkansas senior OL Brey Cook "is a bit susceptible to quick pass rushers who can squirt through gaps," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The highly-ranked Arkansas native decided to stay home during his recruitment, and has played all over the offensive line for the Razorbacks the past few years. Last season, he made starts at right guard and right tackle. "Cook's size and strength enables him to move defenders in the running game," Rang wrote. "He possesses adequate initial quickness and leverage to drive opponents backward and shows some savvy, incorporating cut blocks and angles to seal defenders from the action. Cook isn't always pretty in pass protection, lumbering a bit in his kick-slide when protecting the edge at tackle but he is effective, showing enough balance and power to latch and control opponents and very good awareness to switch off on combo blocks or to recognize blitzes." He's expected to play right guard again, but the 6-foot-6, 328-pounder could be pushed "back outside at the next level."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 8:04 PM

Arkansas senior Trey Flowers "can boost his stock with better burst off the edge and by using his long arms to more consistently affect the vision of quarterbacks," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"His junior tape did not reveal ideal flexibility, explosive quick-twitch or the straight-line speed to be a featured stand-up rusher in the NFL but scouts will appreciate his versatility and the effort he shows in pursuit. Flowers can boost his stock with better burst off the edge and by using his long arms to more consistently affect the vision of quarterbacks," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 262-pounder earned Second Team All-SEC honors in 2013, racking up 44 tackles, including 13.5 for loss and five sacks, as well as three forced fumbles and an interception. The Razorbacks prospect decided to come back for his senior season after receiving a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board in January.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 12:56 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler considers Arkansas senior A.J. Derby, a former QB, a sleeper TE prospect.

Derby is "very raw but talented," according to Brugler. The former quarterback is also a former Iowa Hawkeye, where head coach Bret Bielema played with Derby's father. A.J. offers a 6'4/232 lbs frame.
Jul 17 - 11:12 AM


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