De­fense holds the key

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

There are high hopes in Fayet­teville be­cause of the po­tent of­fense, but this team will only be as suc­cess­ful as the de­fense al­lows. Arkansas gave up 3,230 yards and 22 touch­downs through the air last year, with five teams throw­ing for 300 yards or more. The Pigs also were last in the SEC in to­tal de­fense, al­low­ing 5,215 yards.

There are, how­ever, some pos­i­tives head­ing into this sea­son. Se­nior Rudell Crim played cor­ner­back last year, but has been moved to safety, where he made big plays in the spring. Dar­ius Win­ston, one of the top-ranked de­fen­sive backs com­ing out of high school in 2008, also has shown sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment since his fresh­man sea­son and is ex­pected to start.

The Ra­zor­backs’ best de­fender is ju­nior linebacker Jerry Franklin, who led the team in tack­les last sea­son with 94, in­clud­ing one sack. He also had three in­ter­cep­tions.

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