Friday, July 21, 2017

Kansas State vs. Arkansas

Contrasting offenses will square off in the Cotton Bowl

Kansas State offense vs. Arkansas defense
• The Razorbacks' top priority must be containing the Wildcats' rushing attack. That's easier said than done, though, thanks to one of the most competitive players in the country in Wildcats QB Collin Klein. At 6-foot-5 and 226 pounds, Klein is a determined runner with above-average power to break arm tackles, shiftiness to make defenders miss and deceiving top-end speed to ruin angles in pursuit. Klein will work mainly out of the shotgun, using zone-read runs, speed option and draws to get him his carries. Joining Klein in the backfield is RB John Hubert, whose above-average quickness, lateral agility and short-area burst are a solid complement to Klein's running style. The Razorbacks have had issues defending these types of runs, especially with gap discipline along the defensive line. In addition, MLB Jerry Franklin and OLBs Alonzo Highsmith and Jerico Nelson have had issues with run fits. The linebackers must play with better discipline due to the variety of ways the Wildcats can attack on the ground and their variety of play fakes. The Razorbacks can ill afford to allow Klein to enter the secondary, where is he most dangerous thanks to the difficulty of bringing him down.