Arkansas RB Dennis Johnson (5-9, 213, Sr.)
Key Statistics: 44 carries, 246 yards, 3 TDs
Knile Davis entered the season as a Heisman Trophy hopeful, but there’s no doubt Johnson has clearly been Arkansas’ best back to date. The senior, who led the team in rushing in Davis’ absence last season, ran for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns on 17 carries in the 24-7 win at Auburn. It included a pair of redzone rushing touchdowns, which have been scarce for the Razorbacks most of the season. Arkansas still will turn to Davis and Jonathan Williams for carries tonight, but Johnson’s performance during last week’s win should lead to more work against Kentucky.
Kentucky LB Avery Williamson (6-1, 254, Jr.)
Key Statistics: 64 tackles, 1 interception in 6 starts
Williamson is the leader of a defense that has dealt with injuries – especially in the secondary – all season. The Wildcats enter tonight’s game ranked No. 88 in the nation in rushing defense and have allowed 187 yards a game. Williamson will be key in helping Kentucky slow Arkansas’ rushing attack, which had success at Auburn thanks to Johnson’s work with the ball. Williamson has had 10 or more tackles in four games this season, including a 13-tackle effort against Mississippi State last week. He and the Wildcats must limit Johnson’ productivity on the ground tonight.
EDGE: Arkansas RB Dennis Johnson