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Arkansas Razorbacks 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 20
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 90

After a Liberty Bowl victory over East Carolina University and an 8-5 overall record, the Arkansas Razorbacks will attempt to take a step forward and challenge for a Southeastern Conference (SEC) crown. Led by head coach Bobby Petrino and quarterback Ryan Mallett, the Hogs hope to build on last year’s success.

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In any discussion of the Razorbacks, the first topic to arise is almost certainly Mallett. The junior, who threw for the 5th most yards in the country in 2009, is the key to the Hogs season. While he put up big yardage (3,627) and touchdown (30) numbers, he must improve on his 55.8% completion percentage. If he can do that, the sky is the limit for him and his team.

The running game for the Arkansas Razorbacks also has potential, with sophomore Ronnie Wingo poised to improve on his numbers from last year. Wingo averaged 6.5 yards per carry and some added playing time should help a running game that ranked 77th in the nation last year in rushing yards.

The three headed monster of receivers from last year, Greg Childs, Jarius Wright and Joe Adams, should continue to be quality targets for Mallett.

As great as the Razorback offense was last year, its defense was just as bad. Arkansas’ defense ranked 90th in the country in yards allowed per game, giving up over 400 yards per contest. For this team to have any chance to truly compete in the SEC this year, its defense must improve significantly.

The team had a very strong recruiting class this year, ranking 21st in the nation in ESPN’s rankings. Most of the star recruits are on offense though, so it does not appear the struggling defense will get much immediate improvement.

The Razorbacks are an exciting team to watch with a lot of offensive firepower. Yet with their shaky defense, it seems they are still not ready to challenge the SEC powerhouse schools like Florida and Alabama.

Arkansas’s odds to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC): +800

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