Tyler Wilson’s return from the head injury provides a big lift for a team that struggled with QB play the past two weeks; Gary Nova isn’t flashy, but the sophomore has done a solid job of leading Rutgers.
Jawan Jamison is a handful, using his stocky size and strength to wear on defenses in games. But Rutgers has health concerns outside of him; Arkansas has three healthy backs, but Knile Davis and company have struggled to produce.
Arkansas’ Chris Gragg is tied for 2nd in the nation in receiving yards (75.3) and catches a game (5.7) for tight ends; Rutgers will present a problem for the Hogs with big receivers Tim Wright (6-4) and Brandon Coleman (6-6).
OC Paul Petrino said Alvin Bailey and Travis Swanson had their best performances against Alabama, but Arkansas needs better play from the rest; The young Rutgers line is led by RT D.J. Dill, who transferred from Maryland for his senior year.
It sounds as if Tenarius Wright will be back in his familiar spot at defensive end after struggling at linebacker this season; Rutgers DT Scott Vallone has started 41 straight games, which is the most of any current player in the Big East.
Arkansas’ Alonzo Highsmith should see more time in the middle with Wright getting work at defensive end. Freshman A.J. Turner could get more time, too; Greene leads the way for a group that sets the tone for Rutgers stingy defense.
Arkansas freshman Will Hines will likely earn his first start at cornerback. Tevin Mitchel will miss his second straight game; Rutgers CB Brandon Jones has two interceptions in three games. He returned one for a touchdown.
OVERALL: Arkansas 28, Rutgers 24
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau