Position Matchups - Arkansas vs. Kentucky


Quarterbacks

Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson didn’t throw a TD pass for just the 2nd time in 18 starts last week, but had his highest completion percentage of 2012; UK’s Jared Whitlow as the third QB to start in three consecutive games. He will start again today.

Edge: Arkansas

Running Backs

Dennis Johnson had the hot hand at Auburn, rushing for 76 yards and 2 TDs. He is averaging 5.6 yards a carry, while Knile Davis averages 3.2; UK’s Raymond Sanders (303 yards) is shouldering the load for a group plagued by injuries.

Edge: Arkansas

Receivers

UA senior Cobi Hamilton has caught 28 passes for 551 yards the past three weeks. TE Chris Gragg will miss his third straight game; Kentucky senior La’Rod King has 116 catches for 1,508 receiving yards with 16 TDs in his career.

Edge: Arkansas

O-Line

The Arkansas front enjoyed its best performance in the Auburn win. C Travis Swanson and G Alvin Bailey will start their 33rd straight together; C Matt Smith (28 starts) and RG Larry Warford (31 starts) are a strong duo on the UK line.

Edge: Kentucky

D-Line

UA defensive ends Trey Flowers and Chris Smith combined for five of the eight sacks at Auburn. Smith is still expected to play despite Wednesday’s arrest; UK’s Collins Ukwu has 26 tackles and 3 sacks, leading a veteran group up front.

Edge: Arkansas

Linebackers

UA’s leading tackler, Alonzo Highsmith, is out. Terrell Williams will be counted on at MLB with freshman AJ Turner starting at WLB; UK’s Avery Williamson leads team with 64 tackles. Alvin Dupree has a team-high 6 ½ tackles for losses.

Edge: Kentucky

Secondary

UA CB Tevin Mitchel is in line to start after missing past four games because of injuries. He could log between 30 and 40 snaps tonight; UK will start twin brothers, Daron Blaylock and Zack Blaylock, at safety. The freshmen have 8 tackles.

Edge: Even

OVERALL: Arkansas 31, Kentucky 17

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau