Notable Additions: Peyton Hillis, TB-FB, Fr., 6-2, 240; Anthony Brown, WR, Jr., 6-6, 201; Weston Dacus, LB, Fr., 6-2, 220; Michael Grant, CB, Fr., 5-11, 185; Rick Culbert, CB, Fr., 6-0, 180; Ernest Mitchell, DT, Fr., 6-2, 290.
Notable Subtractions: 25 seniors finished eligibility (chief losses, entire offensive line, entire secondary), five juniors left early for NFL draft including first round picks Shawn Andrews and Batman Carroll.
Notable Returnees: TB De'Arrius Howard, WR Steven Harris, P Jacob Skinner, PK Chris Balseiro, OT Zac Tubbs, C Kyle Roper, LB Clarke Moore, DT Jeremy Harrell, DE Elliott Harris, FS Vickiel Vaughn.
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Defensive Overview: The defensive front is talented, deep and experienced, but the secondary is in a rebuilding mold after graduation and the NFL draft wiped out the entire two deep. Defensive tackle Arrion Dixon and rush end Jeb Huckeba are the best of the linemen, although end Elliott Harris was outstanding in the spring and could be ready to blossom. The linebackers are solid with Clarke Moore and Sam Olajubutu rotating in the middle and Marcus Whitmore and Michael Robinson rotating at the strongside linebacker. However, the secondary is a different story. Safety Vickiel Vaughn and corner Michael Coe are the only scholarship players returning with any experience and that was mostly on special teams or nickel packages. Corners Chris Houston and John Johnson both showed promise in the spring, but must continue to improve to be able to help against SEC competition. There is plenty of help in the first-year class with freshmen Michael Grant, Matterral Richardson, Shedrick Johnson, Dallas Washington, Desmond Williams and De'Nerian Wrighter along with juco transfers Randy Kelly and Darius Vinnett.
Special Teams Overview: The kickers, snappers and holders all return led by punter Jacob Skinner and placement specialists Chris Balseiro and David Carlton. However, the cover teams were wiped out by graduation and the NFL draft. Both gunners must be replaced along with a host of regulars who had played on special teams for three and four years.
The Arkansas Razorbacks will have a winning season if... the young offensive line provides some protection for Matt Jones and the secondary comes together in quick fashion. The Hogs play perhaps their toughest schedule in school history with Texas, Florida, Auburn, Georgia and LSU all high in national rankings.
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