FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — To say they’re “High on the Hogs” in this part of the country is one of those understatements that just doesn’t do justice to what’s expected of Arkansas’ football team in Season No. 3 under Bobby Petrino.
Of course, skeptics might say: Where in the SEC isn’t there unbridled optimism this time of year?
But at Arkansas, there’s a legitimacy to it, which comes with the territory when you return one of the most talented quarterbacks in the country, who’s flanked by all of his top playmakers from a year ago, and a coach who has a long track record of putting together high-powered offenses.
Junior quarterback Ryan Mallett, who threw 30 touchdown passes a year ago, says simply, “As long as all 11 guys are doing their job, and that includes me as the 11th guy, then really nobody can stop us but ourselves.”
Notice there hasn’t been a mention of the Hogs’ defense yet.
And, yes, it’s a fact in the SEC that if you don’t play sound defense, you’re not going to win the championship.
For that matter, only twice last decade did the SEC champion finish lower than 20th nationally in total defense. LSU was 75th in 2001 and Florida 42nd in 2000. Read More…