Some random thoughts after the Razorbacks quality win at home over South Carolina.
- [singlepic id=479 w=240 h=180 float=right]No one player is truly a superstar on this team but Dennis Johnson is getting pretty close. Unlike the other running backs, Johnson has proven he’s a true “home run hitter” that provides more than just the threat of a running game. And that doesn’t even account for his special teams prowess. The outcome of the game may have still been the same, but without DJ, the Hogs would’ve certainly taken a different path to get there on Saturday.
- Using sprint outs of Tyler Wilson to minimize the effectiveness of the South Carolina defensive line was a small but brilliant move. Unlike Ryan Mallett, Wilson has shown he’s very accurate rolling out of the pocket and throwing on the move. (Garrick McGee says Tyler has “a gift.”) Once the Gamecocks vaunted defensive line was neutralized, Wilson and his receivers were able to expose their less than stellar secondary all night long.
- Honorable Mention: The package of using Brandon Mitchell in the red zone has been nicely effective. Just one more thing for the opponents to prepare for in the remaining games.
- For once, we’re going to let up on saying anything was “bad” this week. While there were more than a few missed opportunities, the way this team played on Saturday is pretty much what we were expecting to see each and every week. That’s unrealistic, of course…it’s a long season. But there’s no better time than now to play your best football. Finish.
- Honorable Mention: Not sure if this showed up on the game broadcast but we couldn’t believe how bad South Carolina’s stud wideout Alshon Jeffery looked on Saturday. Jeffery appeared lazy running his routes and his body language looked every bit like a guy who was just going through the motions. Assuming he’s not injured, it appears Jeffery has already started counting his NFL money.
- [singlepic id=487 w=180 h=240 float=right]Whether it’s scheme or coaching, the Hogs’ defense appears incapable of stopping a running quarterback again this season. Some will say the dropped passes were “ugly” but those haven’t been a problem every week. Keeping the quarterback contained has been a problem now for multiple seasons. At this point, I guess it’s just something we should expect to see every time the Razorbacks face a dual-threat quarterback.
- While it doesn’t take away from the win, falling a spot after beating a top 10 ranked team shows how little we should pay attention to the BCS during the season. ESPN might as well just declare weekly who Skip Bayless thinks are the top 25 teams in the country. Sheesh.
Of course, we can’t possibly mention everything that was “Good, Bad and Ugly.” What did we leave out?