HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — The Arkansas Razorbacks have definitely had better seasons than in 2018.
The Razorbacks finished at the bottom of both SEC divisions at just 2-10 (0-8 in the SEC).
Chad Morris enters his second season which saw the team lose 10 games for the first time in school history.
“It was hard, last season was hard, there’s no doubt about it,” Morris said.
The Razorbacks will need help in all facets of the game, specifically offensively where they ranked dead last in scoring at just 21.7 points a game in 2018.
Recruiting has been a huge necessity for Morris and his staff and they have been working relentlessly according to the head coach.
“Recruiting is like shaving. If you don’t do it every day, you’re a bum,” Morris said.
Morris called all three players he brought to SEC Media Days “everything college football is about.”
Defensive lineman McTelvin Agim had a strong 2018 season and will need to have an even bigger one in 2019.
He finished sixth on the team in tackles with 45.
Agim brought a Chucky doll to SEC Media Days to represent his cousin who was killed. Agim said he wanted to shed light on the ongoing case as well as represent his cousin being there with him.
Linebacker De’Jon Harris was an All-SEC second-teamer in 2018 and one of the conference’s busiest tacklers as he led the SEC with 118 tackles a season ago.
He’ll have to lead a defense that will feature plenty of new faces.
“We want to have a player-led team,” Harris said. “If we want to go places, then the players need to lead and not just the coaches.”
Running back Devwah Whaley was sidelined for five games last year with injuries after a very impressive first two seasons in Fayetteville.
“I haven’t really had a full healthy season since freshman year,” Whaley said. “That’s pretty much my main goal is to stay healthy this season and to win.”
It’ll be Whaley’s offense as the quarterback situation gets settled for Arkansas. The battle will be between Morris’ former SMU quarterback Ben Hicks and Texas A&M transfer Nick Starkel.
The Razorbacks’ season starts off against Portland State August 31.