Jason Ivester

Spring Countdown: Offensive tackles

With the Razorbacks closing in on spring football, HawgsDaily is breaking down who we believe Arkansas' starters are at all 22 positions. We'll reveal a portion of the starting lineup each day through March 28, when the Razorbacks begin practice.

Right tackleBrian Wallace

R-Jr. | 6-6 | 335 | Christian Brothers College High School (St. Louis, Mo.)

2016 stats: 12 games (10 starts)

Why he'll start in 2017: As a former four-star and top-100 recruit, Wallace always had high expectations and he finally worked his way into the starting lineup last season. He split reps with Colton Jackson at right tackle in the third game of the season, and then took over the starting job in Week 4. Wallace remained the starter the rest of the season and gave the Razorbacks a little bit of stability at the position. His experience makes him the favorite to win the position again this season.

Why this spring is important: Wallace may be the favorite, but Jake Raulerson - who started some games at right guard and center last season - is coming up strong behind him. When head coach Bret Bielema met with the media Wednesday, he described Raulerson as a "different player" and said him having a year in the system under his belt after being a graduate transfer from Texas has really helped him. This spring will be a key stretch in determining who will win the starting job heading into the fall.

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Left tackleColton Jackson

R-Soph. | 6-6 | 300 | Conway (Ark.)

2016 stats: 12 games (3 starts)

Why he'll start in 2017: Jackson actually won the starting right tackle position heading into his redshirt freshman season, but lost it after only three games. In fact, he split reps with Brian Wallace - who eventually took the job from him - in that third game. During his time as the starter, Jackson struggled quite a bit, which is understandable considering his youth. That experience, though, should give him a leg up on the competition this spring. Also, head coach Bret Bielema said during Arkansas' annual pro day that Jackson will likely start spring practice as the No. 1 left tackle.

Why this spring is important: If Jackson is going to reclaim a starting position, it will start this spring by proving he is the best option. Paul Ramirez, one of Arkansas' junior-college signees last year, will be in his final season and likely push for playing time. There's also the possibility of one of the Razorbacks' three early enrollees - Dalton Wagner, Shane Clenin and Kirby Adcock - competing for a spot in the rotation. Nothing is set in stone here.

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Here are links to our previous breakdowns, in case you missed any of them:

Quarterback/running back

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Interior offensive line


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