Position Matchups - Arkansas vs. Texas A&M


Quarterbacks

Tyler Wilson wasn’t perfect last week, but bounced back well in completing 50 percent of his passes for 419 yards with three touchdowns; Johnny Manziel has impressed in his debut as starter, averaging 301 yards of total offense.

Edge: Arkansas

Running Backs

Arkansas wants Dennis Johnson, who is averaging 6.7 yards a carry, to get more opportunities as Knile Davis struggles (3.3 yards); Christine Michael ran for 280 yards in last year’s game, but Ben Malena will start for Aggies.

Edge: Even

Receivers

Arkansas will miss TE Chris Gragg, who is out with a bone bruise in his leg. So the Hogs will rely on Cobi Hamilton and Brandon Mitchell; Freshman Mike Evans leads a solid corps of receivers. Uzoma Nwachukwu has 4 catches, all for TDs.

Edge: Arkansas

O-Line

G Tyler Deacon should return to action after missing the Rutgers game. He’s expected to split time with Luke Charpentier at the position; T Luke Joeckel anchors a Texas A&M front that also includes veteran starter Jake Matthews.

Edge: Texas A&M

D-Line

Arkansas’ front hasn’t produced much pressure lately, managing one sack the past two weeks. It could change if Tenarius Wright is ready for work; Texas A&M’s DE Damontre Moore leads an active front with 6 sacks in 3 games.

Edge: Texas A&M

Linebackers

Arkansas’ Alonzo Highsmith returned to middle linebacker and notched a team-high 15 tackles last week. Terrell Williams had 12; Middle linebacker Jonathan Stewart leads the Aggies with 26 tackles. Sean Porter has 13 stops.

Edge: Texas A&M

Secondary

Arkansas is down another starter with S Eric Bennett out with a leg injury. He joins CB Tevin Mitchel on the sideline for the depleted crew; CB Deshazor Everett returned an interception for a touchdown in the South Carolina State win.

Edge: Texas A&M

OVERALL: Texas A&M 38, Arkansas 28