The Arkansas Razorbacks are a program that is steadily gaining prowess as one of the elite teams in the SEC after repeated 10+ win seasons. In fact, after finishing 11-2 overall last season (with their only losses coming against at #3 Alabama and #1 LSU who went on to play one another for the BCS National Championship) hopes could not be higher for the Razorback nation. Many college football experts argue that Arkansas finished the 2011 season as one of the top 5 teams in the nation, unfortunately for them however the two best teams from last season were in not only their conference but their division as well. After beating the #8 ranked Kansas State Wildcats 29-16 in last seasons Cotton Bowl the Razorbacks are hoping to earn a spot in the BCS National Championship for the upcoming season, however they fully understand that this can most likely be accomplished with either no losses or one at the most. With August quickly approaching Arkansas and the rest of the sports community are looking forward to what should once again be a very entertaining college football season.
3. Cobi Hamilton: Wide Receiver
Perhaps the biggest strength from last years Arkansas team was their effectiveness in the passing game and after losing their top wide-outs to the NFL, Cobi Hamilton should fill those vacancies rather easily. Hamilton was the third option for quarterback Tyler Wilson last season and the 6 foot 3, 210 pound pass catcher proved to be a consistent threat with a tremendous amount of potential racking up 34 catches for 542 yards and 4 touchdowns. With Hamilton and QB Tyler Wilson both entering their senior season they will undoubtedly attempt to solidify their careers as Razorbacks with another BCS bowl victory.
2. Dennis Johnson: Running Back
Although the Razorback offense did not place a high priority on the running game last season they coaching staff understands the vital importance to a balanced attack. Though last years primary back Dennis Johnson only carried the ball a total of 106 times for 3 touch downs he did average over 6 yards per carry. Furthermore, he had a highlight worthy 71-yard touch down run last season that showed off his explosiveness.
1. Tyler Wilson: Quarterback
Last years Cotton Bowl MVP Tyler Wilson opted to suspend his NFL dreams by a year when he decided to return to the University of Arkansas for his senior season. Wilson threw for 3,638 yards last season and 24 touchdowns while only throwing 6 interceptions. He is in the pre-season Heisman discussion and will have many opportunities to either reinforce or disprove that praise. How far the Razorbacks go this season will be largely predicated on the play of Wilson and the offense as they were 15th in the nation in points per game last season and will look to improve upon that mark.
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