Sunday, September 11, 2011
Injuries mar Arkansas' blowout win
By Chris Low
None of the injuries sound real serious, but Arkansas had three of its key players go down Saturday in its 52-3 battering of New Mexico.
Quarterback Tyler Wilson left the game with concussion-like symptoms. Receiver Jarius Wright suffered a strained knee, and defensive end Jake Bequette injured his hamstring. Wilson was hurt right before halftime and didn't play in the second half. Brandon Mitchell came in for Wilson and had a touchdown passing and running.
The Hogs have another game at home next week that they will be heavily favored in when Troy comes to Fayetteville, and then it's on to Tuscaloosa the fourth week of the season.
This is clearly Bobby Petrino's most athletic defense and a defense that's both experienced and deep. Still, it's hard to draw a lot of conclusions based on the first two games. Missouri State and New Mexico simply weren't on the same level as Arkansas, which collected 34 first downs -- tied for the second most in team history -- against the Lobos and has scored 103 points in the first two weeks.
Those are impressive numbers even if you're going against the scout team.
So when you start talking about the strength of the SEC, the Hogs deserve to be mentioned up there with Alabama and LSU and will get a chance to prove just exactly where they belong in that pecking order in two weeks when they travel to play the Crimson Tide.
The good news for the Hogs is that they should be able to get by next week against Troy with Wilson, Wright and Bequette all seeing limited snaps if they're still slowed.