2012 Summer Football Opponent Football Preview: Arkansas

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24: Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks congratulates Dennis Johnson #33 after Johnson's touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Mississippi State vs. Arkansas--November 17 in Starkville

2011 Record--11-2 (6-2, 3rd in SEC West)

2011 Bowl Game-Defeated Kansas State 29-16 in Cotton Bowl

Arkansas football roster

Reviewing Arkansas' 2011 Season

Many people started to give up on Arkansas when Knile Davis went down with a knee injury before the season started, but the Razorbacks moved on without missing a beat.

The Hogs find themselves in what might be best described as a holding pattern. Last year, they moved all the way up to the number three ranking, but the two teams ahead of them were LSU and Alabama. Unfortunately for Arkansas, being third in the country also meant being third in your own conference division.

On the field, Tyler Wilson proved to be a major threat at the quarterback position, and Dennis Johnson showed to be a solid running back option. On the defensive side of the ball, Alonzo Highsmith became an impact player for Arkansas.

Arkansas closed their season with a 29-16 win over Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl to cap of an 11-2 season.

There is little doubting the talent of the Razorbacks, but after Bobby Petrino's motorcycle accident and subsequent firing, question marks continue to swirl around this program.

Who to watch for on Offense

It is too difficult to just choose one player on this offense because it is has many important pieces. Tyler Wilson drives the car, and he had a great 2011 season tossing for 3638 yards, 24 TDs, and only 6 INTS.

Knile Davis will be an impact player if he can stay healthy. A dangerous player that can contribute in the running game and on special teams, the question will be how well can he bounce back from his knee injury.

Who to watch for on Defense

Alonzo Highsmith is the returning tackler and sack leader for the Hogs with 80 and 4.5 respectively. With the offense gaining so much attention, it is easy to forget that Arkansas defense has been very impressive.

Game Prediction

Arky-38 MSU--24

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