Have you heard that Arkansas’ offensive line is manned by large human beings? No kidding.
Left tackle Dan Skipper is listed as 6-foot-10 and 326 pounds. That’s the same height as the tallest player on Georgia’s basketball team — 6-10 freshman center Osahen Iduwe.
The line averages 328.4 pounds, bigger than any other NFL line.
“Just really huge up front and that’s by design,” coach Mark Richt said. “Those guys are looking to knock people out of the way.”
But I’m feeling a little of that is overplayed, based on experience. Remember when Georgia sported the largest offensive line on the planet? Good times, then. Only Boise State wasn’t that impressed.
Size is nice. Good execution is nicer. Read Cory’s breakdown of Arkansas’ running game and note that what killed Texas Tech wasn’t size so much as it was not getting lined up properly to fill the gaps.
However – the good news is that every SEC team for the past 15 tries has beaten the Razorbacks. Even the Texas A&M defense – as bad as it is – found a way to limit the damage of the Arkansas offense. As Coach Richt said in his press conference, Georgia will scheme to make Arkansas throw the ball. If they can do that, they have the ability to find success, rush the passer, and create opportunities for turnovers. The big question is if Georgia’s front 7 is up for the challenge.
Pruitt’s got a game plan.
Arkansas is coming off a game in which it threw the ball 40 times in its 14-13 loss to Alabama last week when it was held to 89 yards rushing on 39 carries.
“We know what they’re going to do and we’ve got to stop it,” Wilson said. “We prefer them to run the ball. That’s what we like to do. We like to stop the run.”
The question is, will Georgia’s defense execute it?