Arkansas’ Brandon Allen put together a solid preseason and has plenty of confidence heading into his first opener as a starter; ULL’s Terrance Broadway will try to build on 2012 success after throwing for 2,842 yards and rushing for 769.
Sophomore Jonathan Williams and freshman Alex Collins lead a new-look UA backfield replacing three seniors from 2012; ULL’s Alonzo Harris rushed for a team-high 881 yards last season and topped the 100-yard mark five times.
UA’s receiving corps took some camp hits, but will rely on seniors Javontee Herndon and Julian Horton. Expect TE Hunter Henry to contribute as well; ULL’s Darryl Surgent ranks third in the school history in all-purpose yards (3,757).
UA center Travis Swanson opens his fourth season as a starter, leading a line that includes first-time starter Grady Ollison; ULL center Andre Huval played all but 12 snaps in 2012 and anchors a group that surrendered 13 sacks in 2012.
UA defensive ends Chris Smith and Trey Flowers combined for 15 ½ sacks and 26 tackles for losses last season; ULL defensive end Christian Ringo was just as productive, collecting 8 ½ sacks and 13 tackles for losses as a sophomore.
UA will welcome a brand new crew to the field, led by the starting trio of Austin Jones, Jarrett Lake and Braylon Mitchell; ULL’s Justin Anderson led team with 105 tackles (70 solo) in 2012 and is a preseason All-Sun Belt Conference selection.
UA safety Eric Bennett is healthy after being slowed by injuries throughout 2012 and teams with 2nd-leading tackler Rohan Gaines (75 stops); ULL safety Rodney Gillis enjoyed best year of his career in 2012 with 75 tackles, 5 interceptions.
OVERALL: Arkansas 28, Louisiana-Lafayette 21