Season report card: Arkansas

January, 15, 2013
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It's time to take a look at the season grades for the Arkansas Razorbacks:

OFFENSE: Interim coach John L. Smith left the offense in Paul Petrino's hands, but the Hogs never looked like the same team that led the SEC in total offense and scoring in 2011. Even with Tyler Wilson and Knile Davis back, the Hogs finished the year scoring just 23.5 points per game and ranking sixth in the SEC in total offense (420.2 yards per game). While getting yards wasn't always a problem, scoring points and staying away from turnovers were problems. Arkansas ranked last in the SEC in turnover margin and total turnovers (31). Things got off to a rocky start when Wilson was knocked out of the overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe with a concussion. He finished the season fourth in the SEC in passing (3,387 yards), but threw 21 touchdowns to 13 interceptions and he threw for more than 300 yards just four times all year. Davis very hesitant running on his ankle, as his season-high for rushing was 70 yards in the opener. He finished with just 377 yards and two touchdowns on 112 carries. Dennis Johnson led the Hogs with 757 rushing yards eight touchdowns. Cobi Hamilton had an exceptional year, leading the SEC with 1,335 yards on 90 catches. After that, no one had more than 25 catches for the Hogs. Inconsistent play from the line also plagued the Hogs in 2012. Grade: C-

DEFENSE: It became painfully obvious that former coach Bobby Petrino did not put enough emphasis on defense when it came to recruiting. The defense was an issue for the Hogs in 2011, but had the offense to bail it out. In 2012, Arkansas' defense fell flat, ranking 12th in the SEC in total defense (409.9) and scoring (30.4). The Hogs surrendered nearly 6 yards per play and allowed 30-plus points in seven of their eight losses. Teams converted nearly 40 percent of their third downs against Arkansas and the Hogs' defense ranked last in the SEC when it came to giving up plays of 10 yards or longer (195). Arkansas also ranked last in the SEC with just 12 takeaways on the season. Arkansas did do well against the run, for the most part, ranking fifth in the league in rush defense (124.08). The Hogs also recorded 31 sacks, with 15.5 coming from ends Chris Smith and Trey Flowers. Grade: D-

OVERALL: The loss of Bobby Petrino crippled this Arkansas team back in April. Smith came in to try to add some energy and a familiar face to the program, but he wasn't able to be the leader or motivator that Bobby Petrino was. The Hogs never rebounded from their overtime loss to unranked Louisiana-Monroe and won just two SEC games -- against Auburn and Kentucky. This team's confidence was shot after a dreadful September that ended with a 1-4 record for a team that seemed like a dark horse candidate for the national championship during the preseason. This was a team that started off ranked in the top 10 during the preseason but finished with losing record. Grade: F

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