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Arkansas coach Bret Bielema calls sophomore RB Devwah Whaley the most talented young running back he’s ever coached.

That's quite the compliment, as Bielema has coached Alex Collins, Jonathan Williams, Melvin Gordon and Montee Ball, among others. The 6-foot, 195-pound Whaley was ranked by Rivals as the No. 167 prospect in the 2016 class. He had 602 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman last season, adding six catches for 139 yards. Whaley will break out in a big way this fall.
Source: ESPN
Jun 28 - 1:28 PM

SEC Country's Eric Bolin writes that it "isn't out of the question" that Arkansas would finish 3-9 this coming season.

Bolin does note that this is not the likeliest of scenarios, but refuses to rule it out completely. As he envisions it in his hypothetical, a three-win Arkansas team in 2017 would only net wins against Florida A&M, New Mexico State and Coastal Carolina. This apocalyptic scenario would probably cost HC Bret Bielema his job. We don't see things falling to such an extreme low. Bielema has won at least seven games in each of the past three seasons.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 27 - 4:56 PM

South Carolina redshirt senior RB David Williams transferred to Arkansas as a graduate.

Reverse course for Williams, who had initially been planning on spending his final season of collegiate eligibility at UConn. Arkansas offers an interesting situation for playing time with Rawleigh Williams III retiring due to injury concerns. Devwah Whaley will act as starter during the coming season, but Williams -- who rushed for 794 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons at South Carolina -- would only have to beat out true freshmen Chase Hayden and Maleek Williams to earn a backup role.
Jun 16 - 9:06 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly writes that Arkansas redshirt senior QB Austin Allen "might be the most underrated quarterback in the country."

"Allen has great touch and accuracy to all levels. He doesn’t have a howitzer attached to his shoulder," Connolly notes, "but he makes up for it by mixing up his trajectories and velocities when it’s needed." The analyst adds that the 6-foot-1, 216-pound redshirt senior's biggest strength comes in "punishing defenses with throws off play-action." Allen threw for 3,430 yards and posted a 25/15 TD/INT ratio in 2016. He started out the campaign with an 18/6 TD/INT ratio through the first seven games, before struggling to a 7/9 TD/INT ratio in the last six contests. A more consistent overall body of work could have him pushing 30-plus touchdown passes in 2017.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 15 - 4:42 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah likes Arkansas redshirt sophomore TE Austin Cantrell to breakout in 2017.

Over the last two seasons, Hunter Henry and Jeremy Sprinkle combined for 1,508 yards and 13 touchdowns. Not only is Sprinkle off to the NFL (fifth-round pick by the Redskins), Arkansas is looking to replace their top three wideouts. The 6-foot-4, 269-pound Cantrell should have ample opportunities to post numbers considerably more robust than the 13-120-2 receiving line he registered last season. 247Sports saw him as the No. 7 tight end prospect for the 2015 cycle.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 9 - 6:24 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff believes that Arkansas senior WR Jared Cornelius could top 1,000 yards during the coming season.

While Cornelius was not close to that mark last season -- he finished with a 32-515-4 receiving line in 11 games -- Arkansas is looking to replace a trio of NFL-bound wideouts in Keon Hatcher, Drew Morgan and Cody Hollister. Cornelius was bothered by a hamstring injury during spring practice, but should be ready to roll as QB Austin Allen's No. 1 option when August camp boots up.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 8 - 4:59 PM

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Matt Jones notes that Arkansas sophomore WR T.J. Hammonds could see time in the backfield.

"We've seen Arkansas move that slot receiver into the backfield before with guys like Drew Morgan and Jared Cornelius," Jones writes. "Even before the injury to Rawleigh Williams, I thought Hammonds was going to get some carries that way." The 5-foot-11, 189-pounder began his career at Arkansas as a running back last season and after recovering from a torn meniscus suffered in August, he went on to rush for 88 yards and a touchdown in seven games. He has since been moved to the slot. Concludes Jones, "He's versatile enough that the play-caller has some options to get creative and get the ball into his hands."
Jun 4 - 12:35 PM

Arkansas AD Jeff Long offered a vote of confidence for HC Bret Bielema.

"Bret is the leader of our program," Long said. "The leader is more than just winning games — and I know some fans don’t wanna hear that." He later added that "when you look at what Bret’s doing, we’re building a program that’s built on an outstanding foundation." The Razorbacks are coming off a middling 7-6 campaign (3-5 in conference). The team is 25-26 overall in Bielema's four years at the helm.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 3 - 12:14 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough called Arkansas redshirt senior QB Austin Allen "the most polished passer in the SEC."

"What he was able to do in his first season as a starter went largely unnoticed, but what he does in Year 2 could demand our attention," Scarborough writes. In ranking the top gunslingers in the SEC, Scarborough slotted Alabama's Jalen Hurts and Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald as No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Next up was Allen. The 6-foot-1, 216-pounder threw for 3,430 yards with a 25/15 TD/INT ratio last season. He connected on 18 of those 25 touchdowns during the team's first seven games, but faltered somewhat down the stretch, posting a 7/9 TD/INT ratio in the final six contests of the campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
May 30 - 3:55 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff notes that Arkansas freshman CB Chevin Calloway "has a shot at cracking the rotation" in 2017.

"He has the talent to push his way on the field in some capacity immediately. The ESPN 300 member has ball-hawk tendencies and can help out against the run," Aschoff writes. He is a speedster, having been clocked at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash. At Arkansas, the four-star frosh will be trying to his work his way into the mix with Henre' Toliver, Britto Tutt and Ryan Pulley.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 2:24 PM

ESPN's Sam Kahn Jr. writes that Arkansas freshman RB Maleek Williams "impressed the Razorbacks this spring and performed well."

"If he continues to progress the way he has since enrolling in January, the four-star prospect will have a significant workload this season," Khan writes. He is not alone in seeing the 6-foot, 230-pound Williams as a potential impact freshman. Earlier this month, SEC Country's Jason Kersey made the assertion that Williams "could be in line for at least 100 carries" as a true freshman. Devwah Whaley is expected to work as starter for the coming season, but there will be opportunities behind him now that Rawleigh Williams (neck) has opted for retirement.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 5:13 PM

Arkansas three-star 2018 verbal QB commit Connor Noland was named the quarterback MVP at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in St. Louis over the weekend.

"Noland was singled out by both coaches and his fellow competitors as a guy who impressed, and he was consistently sharp from drills to one-on-ones," wrote Rivals analysts Rob Cassidy and Woody Wommack. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Noland ranks as the outlet's No. 11 pro-style quarterback in the 2018 cycle. He initially committed to Arkansas last July. ESPN -- who gives him four-star respect while landing him at No. 232 on their master list -- refers to him as a "smart, polished passer."
Source: Rivals
May 22 - 12:40 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly writes that Arkansas sophomore DE McTelvin Agim "has the talent to be as impactful as any defensive player in the conference."

"By traditional definitions, the Razorbacks are shifting to a 3–4. But Agim’s ability to play any technique, on any down, will make coordinator Paul Rhoads’ scheme more flexible than that, shifting opponent to opponent," Connolly writes, adding that the 6-foot-3, 268-pounder's "agility, at his size, will make Razorbacks stunt packages things of destructive beauty." Playing as a true freshman in 2016, the former five-star recruit registered 20 tackles (5.0 for loss) and 2.5 sacks over the course of nine games played during the past campaign. Connolly would like to see him improve in his defense against the run, but otherwise believes that he "has the talent to torment any offense" as a pass-rusher at this point in his development.
Source: SEC Country
May 18 - 8:41 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt singled out Arkansas three-star 2018 verbal TE commit Luke Ford as one of the fastest rising prospects in the Midwest.

"Ford is a dynamic athlete from the tight end position, capable of splitting out and creating mismatches with defensive backs because of his size and linebackers because of his speed," Helmholdt writes. The 6-foot-7, 247-pounder committed to Arkansas in March. He ranks as Rivals' No. 20 tight end in this class and will be participating in the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in St. Louis this coming weekend as he continues to build a name for himself.
Source: Rivals
May 18 - 6:39 PM

Arkansas redshirt junior RB Juan Day announced his intent to transfer.

Day has dealt with a number of injuries over the last few years and only played in one game in three seasons. Unless he has graduated, Day will need to sit out the 2017 season if he transfers to another FBS program.
May 18 - 10:05 AM


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