What a year for the Razorbacks. From high expectations, unexplainable losses, 4th and 25, and a winning record in the daunting SEC West, this year was one to remember. The Razorbacks capped off their season with a dominating victory against Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl, and now look towards improving during the offseason and prepare for the 2016 season.
The Hogs have a lot of work to do until then, with finding a replacement for senior Brandon Allen. Austin Allen, Rafe Peavy, Ty Storey, and Ricky Town are all going to be competing for the starting quarterback. The Razorbacks will also need to replace a couple key offensive weapons that proved to be vital in the Razorbacks success, those being Hunter Henry and Alex Collins. While they can technically come back for their senior season, it’s expected that both will enter the NFL Draft. The Razorbacks will also need to replace a couple of key bodies on the offensive line as well, most notably Sebastian Tretola and Denver Kirkland.
The defense had flashes of greatness, but seemed to fail the Razorbacks when it mattered most, i.e. against Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, and nearly Ole Miss (but we all know how that ended).
There’s a lot of work to be done before next season. A majority of the talent will return for another season, while adding several key talents, including the anticipated arrival of McTelvin Agim, the Hope High School defensive end.
Once the Hogs get their lineups figured out, they then look towards the 2016 schedule, which features several tough matchups, but with a couple of those matchups coming in the confides of Razorback Stadium.
ArkansasRazorbacks.com calls the home portion of the 2016 schedule best home schedule in history. “For the first time in school history, the University of Arkansas will play four Southeastern Conference games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in the 2016 season.” It’s never too early to dive into the games and preview the teams. So follow me as we dive into a preview of the 2016 football schedule, month by month.