2004 SEC Football Preview: Arkansas

The Arkansas Razorbacks should be talented but inexperienced in 2004. Houston Nutt lost 28 lettermen from last year's squad, which finished 9-4 and was victorious in the Independence Bowl. Heading up the roster is two-sport athlete Matt Jones, who returns to quarterback the Hawgs for his senior season. Here's more on the Razorbacks.


Head Coach:Houston Nutt (Career Record: 84-49)
Offensive Coordinator: Houston Nutt
Defensive Coordinator: Dave Wommack

2003 Record: 9-4 overall (4-4 SEC)


Total Offense: 24th (431.3)
Rushing Offense: 5th (241.9)
Passing Offense: 88th (189.4)
Scoring Offense: 21st (33.5)
Total Defense: 36th (344.0)
Rushing Defense: 62nd (157.0)
Pass Defense: 21st (187.0)
Scoring Defense: 48th (23.5)


Offense (1):

*QB Matt Jones (6-6, 237, Jr.)

Defense (3):

DT Arrion Dixon (6-4, 293, Sr.)
DE Jeb Huckeba (6-5, 250, Sr.)
MLB Sam Olajubutu (5-10, 218, Jr.)
* All-Star Candidates



Quarterback, coaching.


Offensive backfield, defensive backfield, offensive line, defensive line.


Sept 25, Alabama. The 'Backs are in an obvious rebuilding season. A win over the Tide would do wonders in helping salvage the season.


"We'll have to go by our OL. Starts right there. They have to know who to block. They look good in drills in spring and summer but it's about what they can do and how they can protect. I'd love to spread things out a little bit. Matt can create when something breaks down. But I believe in running the football, and we have to be able to do that. I'm excited about our receivers this year. Chris Baker, Steven Harris, Carlos Asley, really feel like we have some speed. Feel we can stretch the field better this year than last year because of true speed."

"Defensively, we have three returning starters. Dixon, Olajabutu, Huckeba. Very few in number. But have some guys who have played the game. They were there every day all summer. That's what makes it fun coming to work, guys with great attitude who love being a Razorback. Glad we have our punter back, our deep snapper. You can't take those guys for granted. These guys were true freshmen last year, and they got better each game."

"When lose eight secondary people … that's the no. 1 thing. Go to bed at night and think about the secondary. The one word is experience. I believe in them athletic wise. They will run, will hit you. They play with passion. We've got to teach them to take it to another level. Then when you lose your entire OL and TE. Love our athleticism. It comes back to one word - experience."

VandyMania Projection


Sept. 4 NEW MEXICO STATE, W 31-13
Sept. 11 TEXAS, L 24-17
Sept. 18 LOUISIANA-MONROE, W 30-17
Sept. 25 ALABAMA, L 27-20
Oct. 2 at Florida, L 33-13
Oct. 16 at Auburn, L 28-14
Oct. 23 GEORGIA, L 17-10
Nov. 6 at South Carolina, L 35-17
Nov. 13 OLE MISS, L 17-14
Nov. 20 at Mississippi State, W 20-13
Nov. 27 LSU, L 31-21

VandyMania's 2004 Arkansas prediction: 3-8, (1-7 SEC)

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