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Arkansas Razorbacks 2009 Season Preview

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    Jul 19, 2009
    Arkansas Razorbacks 2009 Season Preview


    Key Losses: QB Casey Dick, OG Jose Valdez, C Jonathan Luigs

    Returning Stars: RB Michael Smith, WR London Crawford, TE D.J. Williams, OL Mitch Petrus, DT Malcolm Sheppard

    Top Recruits: RB Knile Davis, RB Ronnie Wingo Jr., OL Anthony Oden, CB Darius Winston, CB Rudell Crim

    Weaknesses: The weaknesses for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team are easy to spot simply by picking up a stat sheet. The Razorbacks ranked near the bottom of the SEC in 2008 in nearly every defensive category, including finishing in dead last in scoring defense and total defense. The good news is that nearly everyone returns from last year's squad on the defensive side of the ball. The bad news is that those returning players weren't collectively all that good last season. Still, with an added year of experience, Arkansas could experience a similar increase in defensive production similar to the one Florida enjoyed between the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

    The Razorbacks also must be somewhat concerned about replacing some of their offensive line. The heart and soul of last year's unit, Rimington Trophy winner Jonathan Luigs, has moved on to the NFL. The Razorbacks will plug in veteran star Mitch Petrus in his place. Developing chemistry on the offensive line early will be highly important for Arkansas, as they break in a new starter under center.

    Strengths: The Razorbacks, as previously mentioned, figure to have one of the most prolific passing offenses in the nation during the 2009 season, assuming there aren't any recurring off-the-field issues for QB Ryan Mallett. Mallett has his hands firmly on the starting job at quarterback right now and should be a huge upgrade from Casey Dick. Last year, Dick's interceptions cost Arkansas big throughout the year and most in Hogland have been eagerly anticipating Dick's departure and Mallett taking over the helm.

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