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15 NWA COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW | 8.29.2021 one of the best cover corners in the SEC this fall. On the other side, LaDarrius Bishop and Hudson Clark have not been as consistent, but they added value in several games last season when CB depth took a hit. Nickelback Greg Brooks Jr. made big strides as a sophomore and could be ready to emerge as a top-flight SEC cover man. Devin Bush, Khari Johnson, Nick Turner, Myles Slusher and Trent Gordon look like the next wave of depth at corner and nickel, and there is cross training at safety for the latter two. Safeties Jalen Catalon, Joe Foucha and Simeon Blair are all big hitters, but their coverage skills must go up a notch if Arkansas is to improve on the back end. If younger talent such as Keaun Parker, Malik Chavis, Jayden Johnson and others emerge, then defensive coordinator Barry Odom and cornerbacks coach Sam Carter will have great opportunities to rotate and stay fresh. SPECIAL TEAMS Halfway through camp it seemed like the Razorbacks could have a new starter at every position on special teams with the exception of deep snapper Jordan Silver and kickoff man Vito Calvaruso. Arkansas fans might know Silver's name, but he hasn't received a ton of publicity, mainly because he has no bad snaps in his career in 334 plays. True freshman Cam Little gained weight and strength between spring ball and camp and has added distance to his kicks. He could be a weapon like Connor Limpert a few years ago. Sam Loy had the edge at punter coming out of spring, but Reid Bauer has wrestled the starting job away from others the past two years. Both could wind up punting again this season. Bauer could wind up as the primary holder as well. Greg Brooks Jr. could add a dynamism that was lacking at punt return last season after Treylon Burks stopped taking those reps. The primary kickoff returner was unsettled halfway through camp, but it seemed LaDarrius Bishop, Myles Slusher, Raheim "Rocket" Sanders, T.J. Hammonds or Josh Oglesby could wind up in that role. Only Hammonds has done it as a Razorback. De'Vion Warren, a long- term kickoff returner who suffered a torn knee ligament on a return last year, will probably not reprise the role. OFFENSE WR 16 Treylon Burks 6 Kendall Catalon 2 Ketron Jackson TE 87 Blake Kern 82 Hudson Henry 89 Nathan Bax LT 76 Myron Cunningham 74 Jalen St. John 75 Ray Curry Jr. LG 62 Brady Latham 70 Luke Jones 72 Drew Vest C 51 Ricky Stromberg 57 Shane Clenin 54 Austin Nix RG 66 Ty Clary 55 Beaux Limmer 71 Ryan Winkel RT 78 Dalton Wagner 53 Ty'Kieast Crawford 56 Marcus Henderson QB 1 KJ Jefferson 4 Malik Hornsby 3 Lucas Coley/9 John Stephen Jones TB 22 Trelon Smith 5 Raheim Sanders 23 Josh Oglesby WR 10 De'Vion Warren 11 Jaquayln Crawford 14 Bryce Stephens WR 7 Trey Knox 19 Tyson Morris 17 John David White DEFENSE DE 5 Dorian Gerald 56 Zach Williams 11 Mataio Soli DT 0 Markell Utsey 93 Isaiah Nichols 91 Taurean Carter DT 99 John Ridgeway 50 Eric Gregory 92 Cameron Ball DE 55 Tre Williams 58 Jashaud Stewart 37 Eric Thomas LB 27 Hayden Henry 10 Bumper Pool 22 Deon Edwards LB 31 Grant Morgan 28 Andrew Parker 45 Jackson Woodard CB 21 Montaric Brown 23 Devin Bush 3 Nick Turner NB 9 Greg Brooks Jr. 2 Myles Slusher 6 Jacorrei Turner S 1 Jalen Catalon 15 Simeon Blair 4 Malik Chavis S 7 Joe Foucha 18 Trent Gordon 8 Jayden Johnson CB 24 LaDarrius Bishop 17 Hudson Clark 19 Khari Johnson PK 29 Cam Little 80 Matthew Phillips 90 Vito Calvaruso P 42 Sam Loy 30 Reid Bauer 94 Patrick Foley KOR 24 LaDarrius Bishop 5 Raheim Sanders 2 Myles Slusher KICKOFF 90 Vito Calvaruso 80 Matthew Phillips 42 Sam Loy PR 9 Greg Brooks Jr. 14 Bryce Stephens 14 Nathan Parodi DS 48 Jordan Silver 52 John Oehrlein 46 Francisco Castro H 30 Reid Bauer 42 Sam Loy 9 John Stephen Jones ARKANSAS DEPTH CHART NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF KJ Jefferson, who played well in his only full game last season against Missouri, will lead the Razorbacks into the 2021 season at quarterback. NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo Treylon Burks tries to fight off a tackle in the Red-White spring game. Burks is regarded as one of the country's top receivers heading into the 2021 season.

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