Some random thoughts after the Razorbacks’ historic shutout loss at home to Alabama.
- [singlepic id=1524 w=240 h=180 float=right]The pre-game report that highly touted center Moses Kingsley (6-10, 215) had orally committed to Mike Anderson’s basketball team was easily the best news of the day. Kingsley, who was an AAU teammate of Hog commit Bobby Portis (6-10,225), is nationally ranked as a Top 50 player by most services. A big ‘get’ for sure.
- The crowd was actually pretty loud and into the game early on. Knowing that it was going to be an uphill battle, Razorback Stadium was rocking when the Hogs’ defense forced a three-and-out on the Tide’s first offensive possession. The sixth largest crowd in stadium history (74,617) was raucous until…
- …new deep snapper Will Coleman sailed one over the head of punter Dylan Breeding. After the game, John L. Smith admitted replacing regular snapper Alan D’Appollonio during the week with Coleman for coverage purposes. Note to John L.: The position is called “Deep SNAPPER”…not “Deep BEST AT COVERING.”
- [singlepic id=1526 w=240 h=180 float=right]We lost count of the number of times the Hogs put the ball on the ground Saturday. We later found out it was eight fumbles, three lost. The combination of wet conditions, quarterbacks shuffling in and out, and a dominating Alabama defense made for a long day.
- Say what you want but, like Tyler Wilson, we saw a lot of ‘quit’ in this team in the second half on Saturday. Most notably at the beginning of the third quarter when a Dennis Johnson kickoff return fumble was sandwiched between Tide touchdown drives of five plays and two plays. Wilson’s post-game comments might be hard for some to hear…but it was the truth.
Of course, we can’t possibly mention everything that was “Good, Bad and Ugly” for a game that was the worst shutout loss in Fayetteville since 1914. What did we leave out?
TipsterHog also contributed to this post.