Experience fixed, payoff needed

Posted: August 24, 2014 at 3:52 a.m.

Arkansas linebacker Brooks Ellis pursues an offensive player during a Nov. 2, 2013 game against Auburn at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

Brooks Ellis and Martrell Spaight were Arkansas newcomers last season.

At a glance

RETURNING STARTERS Brooks Ellis, Braylon Mitchell

KEY LOSSES Jarrett Lake, Otha Peters, Austin Jones

WHO’S BACK Martrell Spaight, Daunte Carr

WHO’S NEW Josh Williams, TQ Coleman, Randy Ramsey, Khalia Hackett, Dwayne Eugene

WALK-ONS Josh Harris, Keegan Heller, Nicholas Thomas-Smith

ANALYSIS The Razorbacks should be improved at linebacker considering Brooks Ellis, Braylon Mitchell and Martrell Spaight have starting experience. Ellis started the final four games last season at middle linebacker. Spaight, known for his big hits, will be able to play more aggressively after a year of learning. Mitchell and Daunte Carr are solid. There is a good influx of talent with junior college transfer Josh Williams and freshmen Randy Ramsey, Khalia Hackett and Dwayne Eugene. TQ Coleman has moved from safety and should help against spread teams. Otha Peters, slowed by injuries last season, transferred to Louisiana-Lafayette after the first week of camp.

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