After struggling its second straight loss to drop to 5-5, Arkansas now should beat Ole Miss or longtime rival Missouri to achieve a bowl recreation.
So it did not appear like the season was going to finish after the Hogs hit No. 10 in the AP ballot not too way back.
Here’s how we received up to now:
Backup QB recreation
Behind KJ Jefferson, there hasn’t been a lot efficiency from these behind him this season.
Aside from just a few lengthy ties to wide-open receivers a month in the past in opposition to Mississippi State, Malik Hornsby wasn’t precisely a promising possibility.
Cade Fortin, who appeared finest in the identical recreation, appeared the precise reverse in opposition to LSU. The South Florida switch accomplished 8 of 13 passes for 92 yards and 1 landing in simply over 1 / 4 of the sport.
But again to Hornsby, for a person with all of the velocity in the world, it could be time to look to a unique place if he needs to play in Arkansas. The participant who has a ten second 100 meter sprint velocity could also be higher suited elsewhere on offense. Hornsby break up time between receiver and quarterback throughout spring and fall camps, however has been primarily a quarterback for the reason that Mississippi State Game.
Saturday’s loss did not bode properly for the longer term on the Quarterback Room if Arkansas is with out Jefferson subsequent season.
It’s been a forwards and backwards in that aspect of particular groups this season. In the primary 5 video games, Max Fletcher’s punts largely traveled between 30 and 40 yards.
The Australian-style punter was changed by Reid Bauer. Arkansas shortly supported the opponents once more in opposition to their very own finish zone.
Bauer’s capability to put the ball inside LSU’s 20 and a median punt of 41 yards helped Arkansas flip the sphere on a number of events. The Razorbacks could not have began early with the right man, however they look like again on monitor with the senior punter.
Motivation, Effort and Leadership
Back to robust love. This crew lacked motivation and energy in opposition to Liberty and ended up shedding a buy-game at house for the primary time underneath Sam Pittman as coach.
On Saturday, this Razorback crew did one thing they hadn’t carried out for the reason that Cincinnati recreation in Week 1. That means enjoying a full recreation. In nearly each recreation that season between South Carolina and Liberty, Arkansas selected which half or quarter it needed to play in probably the most.
That’s one thing that has by no means occurred in Arkansas in the 2020 or 2021 seasons. Competing for 4 quarters will preserve you in video games you should not be in. The Hogs performed with absolute motivation, effort and management on protection this Saturday.
If they will keep that whereas bringing Jefferson again from harm, the Razorbacks can qualify for bowl eligibility.
enthusiasm for the sport
For a lot of the season there wasn’t a lot celebration for large performs on protection, together with turnovers, sacks, tackles for loss, or any adverse play that was generated. There was little depth, a type of mild mindset.
When you are enjoying a prime 10 crew at house, your crew must deliver the power and organically create momentum with the gang. The struggle, proven at Razorback Stadium, confirmed that Pittman did not lose the locker room, the crew did not let go of the rope and the followers actually believed in Arkansas’ comeback.
Examples included the switch of Dwight McGlothern, who hilariously addressed his former teammates. Chest and hip dents from pressured turnovers and sacks.
While this wasn’t one of the best season for Razorback soccer, it definitely wasn’t the worst both. However, it is a crew that’s nonetheless rebuilding and including depth to compete in the Southeastern Conference.
As was mentioned on social media after the sport, the Hogs might have a small variety of modifications at sure moments at 8-2 at this level. College soccer is a recreation of inches.
Pretty wild how skinny the distinction is between 8-2 and 5-5.
— WarMachine2013 (@WarMachine2013) November 12, 2022
Arkansas has two extra possibilities to qualify for the Bowl this season. There is the house remaining in opposition to Ole Miss. They then journey to Missouri in hopes of holding the Battle Line Rivalry trophy.