Opposing Player to watch: Jonathan Williams

Texas Tech's defense is expected to have its hands full with the junior running back and Arkansas' powerful rushing attack on Saturday.

Texas Tech continues to have problems stopping the rushing game of their opponents. In two games, one against a member of the Football Championship Subdivision, the Red Raider defense has allowed 455 yards for an average of 222.5 yards per game. Six opposing running backs have rushed for 40 yards or more including two who have hit the 90-yard mark. UTEP’s Aaron Jones rushed for 147 yards on 23 carries.

The front seven of Texas Tech has struggled for years. It’s no secret to beat Tech, one must run the ball. Arkansas has the ability to do just that.

Junior running back Jonathan Williams is the key player for Arkansas when they play Texas Tech. Williams has plenty of momentum heading into the game after rushing for 143 yards on only four carries against Nicholls State. One of those carries was a 90-yard touchdown.

He does share duties carrying the ball. While 5-foot-11, 215-pound sophomore Alex Collins is perfectly capable of taking this game over, it’s Williams’ job to lose.

Williams started the game against Auburn and the Razorbacks kept it close for a while. Auburn finally broke away after some coaching adjustments.

Texas Tech’s front seven had trouble stopping two rushing games not featured in a Power 5 conference. Now they face a rushing game that comes from what many experts deem as the best conference in the college football.

Williams possesses more experience than Collins and stands at 6-feet, 223 pounds. He started 11 games in 2013 and another during his freshman campaign, too.

Collins will be tough to take down too, particularly behind an offensive line that combines for 1,604 pounds. Some of the back-ups to these lineman are bigger than they are.

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