Crowe: Arkansas can beat Alabama and LSU

Jacksonville State coach Jack Crowe doesn't think Arkansas is a national championship contender yet, but says the Razorbacks have the pieces in place to make a run.

FAYETTEVILLE - Jacksonville State coach Jack Crowe coached at Razorback Stadium for the first time since being fired in 1992, but he did not come with a vengeance toward Arkansas.

Even though at times the scoreboard did not seem to agree, the former Razorbacks head coach said he cherished his time back in Fayetteville.

"I'm glad to be here and I love Arkansas," Crowe said. "I'm pulling for the Razorbacks. Do you want me to sing the fight song for you? Every time they played it, the words were playing in my head. 'Hit that line, hit that line keep on going, move that ball right down the field.' I can sing it. I'm glad to be back."

Jacksonville State took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter on an end-around touchdown run by Alan Bonner, but the Razorbacks scored 28 consecutive points and were able to avoid an upset with a 49-24 victory.

Still, Bonner, who had 107 yards receiving and a score in addition to his rushing touchdown, said the Gamecocks were motivated by predictions they had seen before the game.

"We surprised them. They were projected to beat us 52-7 and we came out and proved them wrong," he said.

Crowe recommended that Bonner not pay too much attention to predictions in the future.

Additionally, the JSU head coach said that while Arkansas did not look like the team that would win the national championship in they way they played the Gamecocks, he could still see the Razorbacks had some pieces that could help get them there.

"They aren't that (national title contenders) right now, but nobody knows who is going to win it," Crowe said. "I don't think they are that right now, but I see all the pieces that could be there.

"There are four offensive players that nobody has better than that. When they are consistent with those players, they can be the best team in the country."

Though Crowe did not specify which four offensive players he thought made Arkansas' offense so explosive, Tyler Wilson, Cobi Hamilton, Chris Gragg and Knile Davis were likely the four he was pointing toward. And he did address Wilson's play and said he would take the Arkansas signal caller over any other in the country.

"Tyler is a first round draft pick and he has everything it takes," Crowe said. "I think he's the best quarterback in the SEC and I'll take him over that guy at Southern California (Matt Barkley), personally. I looked at film of every game they played last year and he is an athlete.

"He changed the rhythm and picked out the strengths and weaknesses and knew right where to go."

He also answered one of the main questions that Razorbacks fans have had heading into several of the last few seasons with 2012 being no exception.

"I think they can beat Alabama and LSU," Crowe said. "Very few people can create the matchups they can create and that can undo a dominating defense.

"Recently, you ride the defense into the national championship, but you can ride an offense to the national championship, too."


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