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Arkansas Football is receiving tons of positive buzz ahead of the 2022 season, mostly due to the weapons that the offense brings to the table.
But, if your opponent scores more points than you, it does not matter how many points you score.
So, how impactful will the defense be in Arkansas’ success? There were a handful of departures from last season’s squad, but there is one unit, in particular, that could limit the opposition’s production says On3’s JD PicKell.
In his series titled “The Hard Count” that is featured on On3’s YouTube channel, PicKell says that the defensive backs will step up for Arkansas’ defense this season.
They lost a fair amount on defense. They bring back four starters from a season ago. The good news for Arkansas — a lot of those guys are on the back end, So you return essentially a position unit in the defensive backs from a year ago. So they’re more experienced. They’re going to be able to play more cohesively.
The defensive backs, led by safety Jalen Catalon who is returning from a season-ending injury, should be complimented by the linebackers as well. Bumper Pool is the only returning linebacker from last season’s team, but the addition of former Alabama linebacker Drew Sanders should provide an extra push for the Razorbacks.
Bumper Pool is gonna be someone that I think they look to a lot in the linebacking corps. Drew Sanders was a huge get for them in the transfer portal. A guy who, by most accounts, is an elite player and would start just about anywhere in then country. The tough part is at Alabama, if you get hurt, it’s not a guarantee you get your spot back. So Drew Sanders was playing at Alabama. He was a guy contributing and playing. I believe he was starting at one point in time for Alabama. All that to say Drew Sanders and Bumper Pool are gonna spearhead what this defense brings. I think they’re going to add a lot of security in the second level of this defense.
PicKell went on to say that as long as Pool and Sanders have big seasons, that Arkansas will reap the rewards of another successful season.