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Arkansas Football is one of the teams that everyone is looking forward to watching in 2022. There is plenty of excitement surrounding the return of KJ Jefferson at the quarterback position, as well as the stable of running backs and the potential of the transfer wide receivers such as Jadon Haselwood.
But, that seems to be where the focus is, on offense. How does Arkansas look defensively heading into the new season? That seems to be a burning question.
Tom VanHaaren of ESPN wrote a piece called “How college football’s way-too-early top 25 teams are replacing their biggest losses“, with Arkansas’ defense being the biggest question.
Arkansas, which ranks No. 20 in the way-too-early top 25 from ESPN, will be looking to replace eight key defenders including Grant Morgan, Hayden Henry, and Tre Williams, as well as Joe Foucha and Greg Brooks Jr. who left Arkansas for LSU via the transfer portal.
Despite the losses, Arkansas reloaded by bringing in talent from the transfer portal, and that is where they can begin filling holes says VanHaaren.
On the defensive line, the Arkansas coaches signed LSU defensive end transfer Landon Jackson, who was the No. 78 prospect in the 2021 class. Georgia Tech transfer Jordan Domineck will also help Jackson in the pass rush. In the secondary, the staff landed LSU corner transfer Dwight McGlothern and Georgia safety Latavious Brini.
The Razorbacks also have to replace three members of the backfield, but have players to step up, such as Simeon Blair, Jalen Catalon, and Keuan Parker, who all have playing experience.