Linemen Hold the Key to Arkansas’s Success

Posted by Roger Gowens on August-19-2009 Add Comments

It's what's up front that counts. A major ad campaign was centered around these words many years ago, but as many a plastic surgeon and a major restaurant chain can attest, those words still ring true today.

In the 2008 football season, the Arkansas Razorbacks ranked fourth in the SEC in total offense even though the rushing attack lagged in the bottom half of the league. Mighty mite Michael Smith was stellar, but the running game when Smith was on the sidelines was nearly non-existent, at least until freshman Dennis Johnson gashed LSU in the season finale.

The Hogs ranked near last in the NCAA in sacks allowed, a statistic that has to stick in the craw of head coach Bobby Petrino more than most anything else in a 5-7 debut...

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