Over the last couple of seasons, one of the things that has really made the Razorback offense click is having good balance.
But with the ‘big three’ graduated to the NFL, can that balance of power continue?
With Knile back, one of our remaining concerns going into fall camp is finding someone who can draw enough attention away from Cobi Hamilton so that teams have to continue to equally respect both.
Minus that second or third receiving option, we can envision how other teams will try to defend the Hogs — stacking the box to stop Knile, employing press coverage against Cobi while rolling a safety up over the top. That might be some tough sledding there.
Tight end Chris Gragg (41 Rec, 518 RecYds, 2 TDs in 2011) is poised for a monster year — we know that. But with Marquel Wade ‘moving on,’ the Razorbacks need to know which receiver(s) are going to emerge as a legitimate threat.
The two best candidates to take the heat off Cobi look to be sophomore Keonte Minor (6-0, 205) and junior college transfer Demetrius Wilson (6-3, 185). Minor impressed us in the spring, while Wilson has the size, speed and hands the coaches covet.
“Demetrius Wilson has just got here and runs as well as we anticipated and according to the quarterbacks catches the ball very well,” receivers coach Kris Cinkovich said. “We are counting on him a ton.”
In the early going, keep an eye on both of these players and how they progress. Their emergence could make a world of difference between a very good offense and a great one.
‘Wilson to Wilson’ — that sounds pretty good doesn’t it?