Position Matchups - Arkansas vs. Jacksonville State


Quarterbacks

UA’s Tyler Wilson is coming off an All-SEC year and carries Heisman Trophy hopes into senior season; JSU starter Marques Ivory is back from last season’s broken leg. 

Edge: Arkansas

Running Backs

UA’s Knile Davis will play his first game since the 2010 Sugar Bowl and is eager for contact; JSU’s Washaun Ealey has SEC experience and is a 1,000-yard rusher.

Edge: Arkansas

Receivers

UA’s Cobi Hamilton enjoyed a big preseason and leads a big crew that includes Chris Gragg and Brandon Mitchell; JSU’s Alan Bonner had a team-high 33 catches in 2011.

Edge: Arkansas

O-Line

Three UA linemen – David Hurd, Tyler Deacon, Brey Cook – are scheduled to get their first career starts; Each member of JSU’s offensive line has starting experience.

Edge: Arkansas

D-Line

UA ends Chris Smith, Trey Flowers combined for 59 tackles, 4 ½ sacks last season; JSU’s DiMetrio Tyson, 25 tackles, 4 tackles for losses, anchors a young defensive line.

Edge: Arkansas

Linebackers

UA’s Alonzo Highsmith hasn’t practiced much since the end of the 2011 season because of injuries; JSU’s Rashad Smith is the team’s leading returning tackler.

Edge: Arkansas

Secondary

UA safety Eric Bennett finish fourth on the team in tackles (74), second in INTs (3) in 2011; JSU safety Pierre Warren had 3 INTs in 2011, including a 98-yard TD.

Edge: Arkansas

OVERALL: Arkansas 52, Jacksonville State 20