Arkansas coach Chad Morris

Second year Arkansas head coach Chad Morris is widely regarded as an offensive genius, largely based off his Clemson years when he directed an offense led by Deshaun Watson. He parlayed that into a head coaching job at SMU where he went 14-22 in three seasons. But Arkansas was not distracted by those numbers. Rather, the administration there believed Morris could bring the same explosive offense to Fayetteville that he built at Clemson. It didn’t happen last season as the Razorbacks struggled to a 2-10 record, 0-8 in the SEC. In six of those losses, Morris saw his team score 17 points or less. But he feels he learned a lot from last season’s problems and he’s expecting a bounce back in 2019. By the way, Morris has a staff with a heavy Palmetto State influence. John Chavis of Dillon is the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, Joe Craddock, who worked at Clemson, is the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, Ron Cooper, former USC defensive coordinator, is the secondary coach, Dustin Fry, a former Clemson offensive lineman, is the offensive line coach, and Justin Stepp, a former Furman receiver, coaches receivers. Arkansas will open the season at home August 31st against Portland State.

Chad Morris at SEC Media Days

Arkansas at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller)

Overall           Conference

Arkansas Razorbacks                2-10                       0-8

Chad Morris 2nd season           2-10                       0-8

 Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank
Points Per game 21.7 14 114
Rushing Yards per game 143.3 13 99
Passing yards per game 191.8 12 99
Total yards per game 335.1 13 118
Points allowed per game 34.8 13 108
Rushing yards allowed per game 167.8 11 70
Passing yards allowed per game 245.3 11 87
Total yards allowed per game 413.2 11 79

The Razorbacks return 12 starters, 5 on offense, 5 on defense, and the Kicker and Punter.

Statistical Leaders Returning

RB Games Yards TD AVG
Rakeem Boyd 12 899 2 6.2
WR/TE Games Yards TD REC
C.J. O’Grady 8 400 6 30
  Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks
McTelvin Agim 45 10.0 0 4.5
T.J. Smith 26 3.5 0 3.5
De’Jon Harris 118 9.0 0 2.0
Kamren Curl 53 0 0 0

Returning Starters Offense  

RB Rakeem Boyd

WR Deon Stewart

TE C.J. O’Grady

LT Colton Jackson

LG/C Ty Clary

Returning Starters Defense

DE McTelvin Agim

DT T.J. Smith

LB De’Jon Harris

CB Jarques McClellion

S Kamren Curl

Special Teams

K Connor Limpert

P Reid Bauer

Key Losses

QB Ty Storey

WR La’Michael Pettway

LG/C Hjalte Froholdt

RG Johnny Gibson Jr.

RT Brian Wallace

DE Armon Watts

DE Randy Ramsey

LB Dre Greenlaw

CB Ryan Pulley

S Santos Ramirez