Countdown to kickoff: Hello, Arkansas 

August, 17, 2012
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GeauxTigerNation writers Gary Laney and David Helman get you ready for the season with a daily breakdown throughout August of what LSU is facing in the fall, from its opponents, to its road trips to who it's recruiting. Today, David Helman previews Arkansas with Matt Jones of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Q: Arkansas returns running back Knile Davis after losing him to injury in 2011. But the Razorbacks also lose three of their top four receiving targets from last season. Which of those two changes will matter more?

It's getting Davis back in the running game, because when you think of the passing game they still have a lot of options. Cobi Hamilton has had a couple of good seasons, and they have recruited really well at wide receiver. That's a position they can afford, probably more than any other, to lose as many guys as they did. Getting Davis back is going to be the key. Arkansas could not run the ball against big, physical defenses (in 2011) when it didn't have Davis in the lineup, and teams were able to focus on the passing game and take it away.
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