Can the Aggies contain Allen?

Mark Passwaters, Publisher
Aggie Yell continues its look at the matchup between Texas A&M (2-1, 0-0 SEC) and Arkansas (1-1, 0-0 SEC) with a look at the Arkansas offense and the Aggie defense.


Arkansas likely starters

QB: Austin Allen (Sr.; 6'1", 215; 23-42, 273 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT)

RB: Devwah Whaley (Soph.; 23 carries, 92 yards, 1 TD)

FB: Kendrick Jackson (6', 253)

TE: Austin Cantrell (Soph.; 6'3", 264; 2 catches, 16 yards)

TE: Jeremy Patton (Jr.; 6'5", 250: 1 catch, 32 yards)

WR: Deon Stewart (Soph; 5'11", 162; 3 catches, 31 yards, 1 TD)

WR: Jared Cornelius (Sr.; 5'11", 212; 2 catches, 8 yards)

LT: Colton Jackson (Soph.; 6'5", 298)

LG: Hjalte Froholdt (Jr.; 6'5", 311)

C: Frank Ragnow (Sr.; 6'5", 317)

RG: Ty Clary (Fr.; 6'4", 286)

RT: Johnny Gibson (Jr.; 6'4", 333)

Arkansas offense by the numbers

Scoring offense: 28 PPG (78th nationally, 8th SEC)

Rushing offense: 182.5 YPG (55th nationally, 6th SEC)

Passing offense: 158.5 YPG (116th nationally, 13th SEC)

Total offense: 341 YPG (106th nationally, 12th SEC)

First downs: 39 (118th nationally, 13th SEC)

3rd down conversion percentage: 45.8% (36th nationally, 4th SEC)

4th down conversion percentage: 50% (49th nationally, 3rd SEC)

Red zone percentage: 75% (100th nationally, 11th SEC)

Sacks allowed: 5 (93rd nationally, 10th SEC)

Turnover +/-: +1 (3 takeaways, 2 giveaways; 48th nationally, 8th SEC)

Texas A&M likely starters


DE: Jarrett Johnson (Sr.; 6'3", 265; 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble)

DT: Zaycoven Henderson (Sr.; 6'2", 305; 6 tackles, 1 TFL)

DT: Kingsley Keke (Jr.; 6'4", 305; 5 tackles, 1 fumble recovery)

DE: Qualen Cunningham (Sr.; 6'3", 245; 3 tackles)

WILL: Otaro Alaka (RS-Jr.; 6'3", 240; 19 tackles, 1 TFL)

MIKE: Tyrel Dodson (Soph.; 6'2", 242; 20 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 INT, 3 passes broken up)

NICKEL: Priest Willis (RS-Sr.; 6'2", 205; 8 tackles)

CB: Charles Oliver (Soph.; 6'2", 193; 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass broken up)

FS: Armani Watts (Sr.; 5'11", 205; 26 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass broken up, 2 INT)

SS: Larry Pryor (RS-Soph.; 6', 205; 17 tackles, 1 pass broken up)

CB: Myles Jones (Fr.; 6'4", 177; 12 tackles, 1 TFL, 4 passes broken up, 1 fumble recovery)

A&M's defense by the numbers

Scoring defense: 26.7 PPG (79th nationally, 13th SEC)

Rushing defense: 76.7 YPG (6th nationally, 3rd SEC)

Passing defense: 323.7 YPG (121st nationally, 14th SEC)

Total defense: 400.4 YPG (75th nationally, 10th SEC)

First downs allowed: 58 (73rd nationally, 10th SEC)

3rd down conversions defense: 30.2% (32nd nationally, 3rd SEC)

4th down conversions defense: 80% (115th nationally, 13th SEC)

Red zone defense: 100% (111th nationally, 14th SEC)

Tackles for loss: 20 (58th nationally, 7th SEC)

Sacks: 7 (51st nationally, 6th SEC)

Turnover +/-: +8 (10 takeaways, 2 giveaways; 1st nationally)

What the Razorbacks want to do

Get Allen going, but a lot of the depends on the offensive line. Allen was an anemic 9-23 against TCU and was sacked 3 times, which isn't good; he was 16-22 against Florida A&M, but threw for just 179 yards and was sacked twice by a bad FCS team. Allen threw for 371 yards against the Aggies last year and the Arkansas running game isn't what it was in past years, so they're going to try to attack the Aggie secondary whose numbers are still horrible after being lit up by UCLA's Josh Rosen. If they're one-dimensional and have to rely on the run, A&M will be in good shape.

What the Aggies want to do

Mix things up and bring the heat on Allen and the inexperienced offensive line. When the Aggies have played well (the first half against UCLA and the second half against Louisiana-Lafayette), they've attacked the quarterback from all directions. If the Aggies can give Allen and the offensive line fits -- and Allen has been hit 42% of the time he's dropped back in the first two games -- then the Razorbacks are in big trouble. They haven't shown any big play ability in the receiving corps, so that may help the Aggies play man coverage against the Arkansas receivers.

If the Aggies can frustrate the Arkansas offensive line in a fashion similar to what TCU did, then they'll be doing what they need to do.

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