Five Questions Hogs Hope to Answer Before Sept 1
Players reported for fall ball yesterday and today the Hogs will hold their first official practice. There are quite a few questions that coaches and fans hope will be answered before the season begins on September 1.
Last season, Heisman contender Knile Davis' season ended before it began which was a huge blow to the Hogs running game, especially early in the season. The Hogs are still lacking in depth in several key positions and losing just one or two key players in the off season could be major setbacks.
After Cedric Cobbs season ending injury in 2000, he never seemed the same. Physically, he was fine, but mentally he never really recovered. For the rest of his playing time, he seemed timid hitting the hole and never ran with the same intensity he ran with in that 1999 season. It's been a year since Knile has had any real contact on the practice field, so his body will have to adjust to that. After a few practices, that aspect should take care of itself. However, the question is whether he overcome the mental hurdle as well?
The Hogs don't have the electrifying Joe Adams to return punts anymore. The guy who was supposed to take his place this year, Marquel Wade, has been kicked off the team. So, who's going to be returning punts? Texarkana's Dennis Johnson is a likely candidate as well as Sophomore Keante Minor and Newcomers Nate Holmes and Demetrius Wilson.
Arkansas' leading receivers from 2011 are now in the NFL. Which of the young guys will step up to help take pressure off of the Hogs only returning starter, Cobi Hamilton?
The only offensive lineman whose job is secure going into fall practice is Center Travis Swanson. The other four spots are up for grabs. The sooner this question is answered the better, since these guys will need some time to learn to work as a unit.