Position Matchups - Arkansas vs. Louisiana-Monroe


Quarterbacks

UA’s Tyler Wilson opened his senior season impressively, throwing for 367 yards and 3 TDs against JSU; ULM’s Kolton Browing threw for 2,483 yards and ran for 443 more as a sophomore.

Edge: Arkansas

Running Backs

UA expected to play without fullback Kiero Small, who underwent foot surgery Thursday; ULM’s tandem of Jyruss Edwards and Centarius Donald combined for 1,081 yards and 14 TDs in 2011.

Edge: Arkansas

Receivers

UA’s Chris Gragg was named the John Mackey tight end of the week for his performance against JSU; ULM’s top 3 receivers (Brent Leonard, Tavarese maye, Colby Harper) are back this season.

Edge: Arkansas

O-Line

UA’s new-look line performed well last week, surrendering only one sack on 34 pass attempts; Pine Bluff’s Joseph Treadwell, who is entering his second year as a starter, anchors the ULM line at left tackle.

Edge: Arkansas

D-Line

UA sophomore Chris Smith earned SEC co-defensive lineman honors after collecting 6 tackles and a sack against JSU; DE Kentarius Caldwell is ULM’s lone returning starter up front (3 ½ sacks in 2011).

Edge: Arkansas

Linebackers

UA’s Alonzo Highsmith and Tenarius Wright were rusty in the opener, but finished with 15 combined tackles; ULM Cameron Blakes, R.J. Young are returning starters with 95 combined tackles last year.

Edge: Arkansas

Secondary

UA safety Ross Rasner had a game-high 11 tackles last week, but the pass defense question marks in surrendering 227 yards; ULM safety Isaiah Newsome was second on the team in INTs in 2011 (three).

Edge: Arkansas

OVERALL: Arkansas 48, Louisiana-Monroe 21

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau