Out­side LB at a glance

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL/RE­CRUIT­ING -

RE­TURN­ING STARTER Randy Ram­sey (3 starts at OLB)

LOSSES Josh Wil­liams

WHO’S BACK Dwayne Eu­gene (6 starts at WLB), Karl Roesler (1 start at DE), Alexy Jean-Bap­tiste, Ja­mario Bell

WHO’S NEW Gabe Richard­son, Hay­den Henry, Der­rick Mun­son, Josh Paul

WALK-ONS Tyler Phillips, Bran­don DePrato, Tyler Pen­ning­ton

ANALYSIS The Ra­zor­backs’ strug­gles to con­tain edge rush­ing last sea­son, while sel­dom em­ploy­ing three lineback­ers, led to a sys­tem change. Arkansas’ line­backer num­bers have been low in re­cent sea­sons, but re­cruit­ing has picked up there, and both out­side spots can be hy­brid-body types, ei­ther end/line­backer or line­backer/safety. Both the “Ra­zor” and “Hog” out­side spots can draw pass cover­age as­sign­ments and blitz calls, and they must be strong at main­tain­ing lever­age and turn­ing run plays inside.

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