Three senior captains will represent Arkansas at SEC Media Days: Bielema will be the first coach to take the stage Monday morning at the annual event. His press conference is scheduled immediately after SEC commissioner Greg Sankey kicks off Media Days at 11:35 a.m. CT.
Allen started all 13 games at quarterback last season for the Razorbacks, throwing for 3,340 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. Ragnow, the Hogs’ center, has started 26 consecutive games entering 2017 and is considered one of the best offensive linemen in the country. The Minnesota native considered skipping his senior season to enter the NFL Draft before deciding to return for one more season in Fayetteville.
Three senior captains will represent Arkansas at SEC Media Days
Richardson is a former walk-on from Jacksonville, Arkansas. He has appeared in 27 career games with six starts. Last year, he started the season opener against Louisiana Tech at Nickelback but suffered an injury that cost him the rest of the season. One potential snag that Arkansas fans should be aware of is the fact that Bielema’s wife, Jen, is pregnant and nearing her due date. If the baby comes Sunday or Monday, Bielema and the Arkansas SEC Media Days contingent would be moved to Thursday.
The key to a Texas A&M offense is a playmaking quarterback. And it remains to be seen if the Aggies have one of those. The position has been a mess for most of the last three years, but they always had someone talented back there. While it’s possible Nick Starkel or Kellen Mond are immediate-impact players, it’s unlikely. Thing is, with what’s around them, they may not have to be. Christian Kirk is one of the three best wideouts in the SEC and everyone knows it. Trayvon Williams ran for 1,000-plus yards last year (though he wasn’t the same player in the second half of the season). The offensive line returns plenty of experience, too.
Bend, don’t break. That was mostly how Texas A&M got by defensively last year as the Aggies were 90th in the nation when it came to giving up yards. Somehow they were top 40 when it came to stopping opponents from scoring. Whatever. A lot of talent is gone from that bunch, though. Best tackler (Shaan Washington), best cover man (Justin Evans) and best pass rusher (Myles Garrett) are all gone. But linebacker Otaro Alaka is a potential All-Big 12 selection. So is Armani Watts at safety and Zaycoven Henderson up front. Still, Texas A&M isn’t exactly a stalwart defensively even if those guys live up to potential.