Sully Says: Hogs strong up the middle
Good baseball teams are always strong up the middle. I think the same thing can apply to some college football offenses.
The 2017 Razorback offense will be rock solid up the middle.
Let's start with center Frank Ragnow. Coach B has coached some great centers, and he believes Frank is the best he's coached.
Austin Allen is back for his second season as a starter. If a year older means a year better, Austin could be one of the country's best quarterbacks this season.
Then there are the tailbacks. Rawleigh Williams may have been the biggest surprise in the conference last season. In a league loaded with talented backs, Rawleigh led the the SEC in rushing yards. As a freshman, Devwah Whaley proved to be an effective second option at tailback. He should be even better this season.
I don't think any team in the SEC will be stronger up the middle.
What do they have to go with these four players ?
Coach B says he's never had an offensive line that had six players who had started at least one game the previous season.
Three of the six, Ragnow, Wallace and Froholdt, were regular starters last season. Coach rolled the dice by moving Froholdt, a 4-star defensive lineman, to the other side of the ball. Hjalte survived last season. Coach B is convinced that his offense will see the benefits of that move this season.
They are young at wide receiver but do have a dependable and willing leader in Jared Cornelius. Gone are Hatcher, Morgan, and Hollister. They will replace those three with two highly sought after junior college targets and some real speedsters. Coach B says they finally have receivers who can "fly."
The only real question mark on offense is at tight end. Coach B is hoping this is the year that his Arkansas guys step up. Cheyenne O'Grady, Will Gragg, and Jamario Bell have been challenged. It will be interesting to see how they respond. Austin Cantrell was a pleasant surprise last season. Grayson Gunter is also an option.
Throw in Dan Enos, who is entering his third season running the offense, and you have an offense that should be capable of putting up big numbers.
With all the questions on defense (new scheme, new coaches, new terminology and lots of new faces), the Hog offense may have to be special this season.
I do like the fact that this offense is strong up the middle.