Mitchell provides slight spark in blowout

Despite Arkansas' limited offensive production, quarterback/wide receiver Brandon Mitchell proved his versatility Saturday against No. 1 Alabama.

Arkansas players and coaches made no effort to disguise their disappointment following a 52-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama.

Along with Tyler Wilson's brief address of the loss in which he expressed his frustration, Brandon Mitchell specifically pointed toward the lack of offensive production by the Razorbacks.

Arkansas accounted for just 137 yards of total offense against Alabama.

"It hurts really bad (to lose 52-0), especially from the offensive side," Mitchell said. "We've been a school that's known for great offenses and for us to barely put up 100 yards total. We started playing the scoreboard a little, but we just need to go back to the basics and keep grinding and working everyday."

The Razorbacks were unable to establish the run for much of the game, averaging a mere 1.6 yards per rush and fumbling the ball a total eight times. While a snap over Dylan Breeding's head contributed to the poor statistics, no one questions Alabama's defensive dominance in the game.

Still, the Razorbacks unraveled an option attack led by Mitchell that proved to be successful at times.

"I thought we did some good things with the option," Arkansas coach John L. Smith said. "Brandon Mitchell creates some problems. There might be some things that we have to expand on and enlarge what we're doing. From a defensive standpoint, it's hard to prepare for that and the other things as well, so I like what we did with it."

The Amite, La. native made a switch to wide receiver in the offseason and earned a starting spot, but he said the transition back to quarterback this week went smoothly.

"It wasn't that difficult of a change," Mitchell said. "Working out at both quarterback and wide receiver is something I've been doing all year. I'm used to playing both."

When Mitchell did not line up behind center, he continued to play receiver. On one of the Razorbacks' most successful drives against the Crimson Tide, which ended with Zach Hocker missing his first field goal of the season by hitting the left upright, Mitchell caught a pass from Brandon Allen and broke two tackles to get past the first down marker.

Following that play, Mitchell stepped in at quarterback and carried the ball for an 11-yard gain and drew a facemask penalty to move Arkansas to the Alabama 22. The junior also recorded the Razorbacks' longest run of the night which was a 16-yard rush in the fourth quarter.

"I was excited to be back at quarterback," Mitchell said. "We're going to keep working on (the option) and be able to throw something different at teams."

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