The Arkansas Razorbacks suffered a tough defeat to the Texas A&M Aggies and attention turns to the next challenge the Tennessee Volunteers.
Sam Pittman’s Razorbacks played well in spurts against the Texas A&M Aggies. The effort was there, and Arkansas did not quite, which would happen at times last season when the Hogs got down. Improvement is starting to be seen across the board. Arkansas still has some areas of concern as the season continues, but Arkansas fans witnessed plenty of positives last night.
The first area that Arkansas showed some improvement was in the rushing game. Rakeem Boyd was able to rush for 100 yards against a talented Aggies’ defense. The Arkansas offense was able to run the ball effectively against Texas A&M and will be looking to continue the trend against Tennessee. To go along with Boyd’s efforts, Feleipe Franks did an impressive job of escaping the pocket and using his legs to pick up yardage. Franks rushed for 91 yards and forced the Aggies to account for him and his mobility.
The Razorbacks play has been exceptional compared to previous seasons due to first year Razorbacks Head Coach Sam Pittman.
Shifting focus to the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee has been a very hit and miss program this season. Turnovers have plagued the Volunteers the past two games and that is something that the Hogs can take advantage of. Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano has been careless with the football and that carelessness helped the Georgia Bulldogs take control of the game.
Arkansas is going to have opportunities against Tennessee Saturday. The Arkansas Razorbacks’ offense is going to have to continue running the ball well and avoid the turnover. Feleipe Franks will have the opportunity to use his legs and his arm to stretch the Volunteers’ defense. Getting Treylon Burks and Mike Woods involved in the offense will be a goal for offensive coordinator Kendall Briles this week. In any event, the time for hanging the heads is over and it is time to respond. Arkansas has a great opportunity to respond at home, the Hogs just need to take advantage of it.