Position Matchups - Arkansas vs. Rutgers


Quarterbacks

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.

Edge: Arkansas

Running Backs

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.

Edge: Even

Receivers

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).

Edge: Arkansas

O-Line

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.

Edge: Even

D-Line

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.

Edge: Rutgers

Linebackers

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.

Edge: Rutgers

Secondary

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.

Edge: Rutgers

OVERALL: Arkansas 28, Rutgers 24

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau