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Arkansas Razorbacks vs TCU Horned Frogs 9/12/2016

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Arkansas Razorbacks vs TCU Horned Frogs 9/12/2016

Arkansas Razorbacks @ TCU Horned Frogs

Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

Score: 41 Arkansas – TCU 38

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

TCU Offense

Kenny Hill, QB, Junior #7

He has the ability to move within the pocket and escape pressure. On one play, he juked 3 people in the pocket and then delivered the pass. He is good at throwing on the run because his passes are thrown with a flick of the wrist. His bad habit of throwing off balance and/or off of one foot has to stop. His bad habit is one of the reasons that he has inconsistencies with his accuracy. His inaccuracy caused some missed opportunities and also forced a turnover. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 6th

Joseph Noteboom, OT, Junior #68

It seems like he is an athletic. His feet work is light and quick and it allows him to shadow the rusher very well. He has a deep and fast kickback. His fluid hip makes it easy for him to change direction as the rusher changes their direction and against various stunts by the defensive line. His patience made it easy to identify stunts as well. Even when his hands were slapped down and he ended up in a bent over position, he was able to recover because his hips and feet work reacted. He needs to further develop his run blocking skills. He also needs to work on his hand placement because sometimes his arms were wide when they contacted the rusher. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 3rd

Arkansas Defense

Deatrich Wise Jr., DL, Senior #48

I heard before the game that he was so good and disruptive at practice that the coach had to pull him out because to offense couldn’t gain any continuity. He has some good moves that he uses. When rushing from the edge, he uses a really low dip of his shoulder combined with an exaggerated rip move. His running speed is slow so it takes him a while to get to his spot during stunts. He also runs pretty slow horizontally down the LOS when tracking the ball carrier. He also uses he power to gradually push back the blocker and collapse the pocket. Overall, he does some things well but he did not make a significant impact in this game. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 6th

Brooks Ellis, LB, Senior #51

He is entering his third full season as a starter and he was their top tackler last season with 102 tackles and it definitely shows on film. He works really hard to redirect the slot receiver when on their route which helps the backend of the defense a lot. He moves well for a LB in coverage. He has a fast drop back and he’s quick with his lateral movement. He needs to be more disciplined with his eyes so that he doesn’t get caught up in counter plays. The best thing I like about him is his experience because it’s probably the reason he understands route concepts. He knew that a deeper route was behind him when he saw the underneath “bait” route that offenses want LBs to jump. He understands when he can jump a route, and he had a pick 6 in this game when he jumped an underneath shallow crossing route. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain pick: 5th

TCU Defense

James McFarland, DE, Senior #40

He turned his game up on 3rd down passing situations. To put pressure on QBs, he attacks the tackles with fast juke moves and then a long arm extension to keep separation and create momentum toward the QB.  He had two sacks on third down and that could be his specialty in the NFL. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 4th

Aaron Curry, DT, Senior #95

He was continuing to be active in the middle of the line. He creates penetration with low bull rushes. When the offense runs a zone running play, he creates penetration and tracks the RB and tackles him in the backfield. He got pressure on the QB during a RB screen and they had to throw it away. Sometimes he leans too far forward at the initial pop which makes him not be able to adjust to the developing play.  Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: 6th

Josh Carraway, DE, Senior #94

Last season he had 47 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 1 forced fumble. He is a very very fast defensive end. He is not only fast coming off the edge as a rusher but as a player in general. From a wide position on the LOS he rushed the tackles’ outside shoulder with tremendous speed and then he dipped his shoulder to not allow the tackle to touch him. The end result was a sack. It is good for a defensive coordinator. to know that no runner will get outside of him because he has the speed and he knows the technique of using his inside arm to keep the tackle away from himself. His speed is great but in order to put that speed to use, he needs to diagnose the play more quickly. Sometimes he will attack the blocker with his shoulder and head looking down and the ball carrier ran right past him. He has to diagnose and move toward the ball more quickly.  Although, he has some things to learn about the game, I feel that he can be a real force during passing situations in the NFL. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 3rd.

Ty summers, LB, Sophomore #42

I need to watch more film on Summers to make a clear decision but after watching one game; I see that he moves well for a LB. He uses his hands to get off of blockers and then he moves toward the ball carrier. He is good at drop back coverages and ended up deflecting 2 passes in this game after dropping into coverage. He slipped inside of blockers to make tackles because he is quick and fast. My issues with him is that he does not attack the LOS on 3rd and short or goal line situations when the most likely call is going to be a run play. Stock: same; Draft’s bargain round: unknown

Arkansas Offense

Austin Allen, QB, Junior #8

He is the younger brother of Brandon Allen. I liked his game because he is a more pocket passer and his accuracy and timing is fantastic. He threw comebacks low and away from the DB. He has great velocity on his ball, even on a pass that was thrown from the opposite hash. He stood in the face of pressure and still delivered passes accurately. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 4th

Dan Skipper, T, Senior #70

He has crazy great size at 6’10”. He uses his size to his advantage especially on down blocks. However, on multiple occasions, he lost his balance and got his feet caught up. Sometimes he looked lost on the field like he didn’t know who to block. on a 3rd down passing situation, Carraway blew past him on his outside shoulder to the point that he had to cross his feet and I don’t think Skipper even got a hand on Carraway. He misses a lot of blocks either due to little effort or he just didn’t execute very well. Stock: down; Draft’s bargain round: 7th-undrafted free agent

Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Senior #83

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He has great size at 6’6”, 255 lbs. He is a very tenacious blocker. He blocks with attitude and through the whistle. I saw him put DEs on their butt during a one on one block. When he approaches the player he has to block, he stays in a good base and he moves laterally very fast to shadow the defenders’ movements. Sometimes he wraps his arms around the defender instead of using proper hand placement so he needs to work on that. His best asset is his receiving ability and athleticism. He has the balance and vertical to jump for high balls. He makes good sticks at the top of his routes to separate from defenders. He catches the ball with his hands softly and he has great ball awareness to adjust to the ball when it is in the air. He also understands the technicalities of running routes that are important to get open. Stock: up; Draft bargain round: 3rd

Drew Morgan, WR, Senior #80

He is on the Reese’s senior preseason watch list after he finished last year with 843 receiving yards and ten receiving touchdowns, which is an all-time for third best for an Arkansas player. He runs routes very well. On comeback routes he had a burst at the top of the route to make the DB think he is running a go route. His hips were fluid to change direction easily and fast. He had efficient feet work that accompanied his swift. He catches passes with his hands. He had to dive to catch one pass and caught it. When running route vs bump coverage he did a great stick move to get the DB off his mark and then he quickly swiped the DB hands away and continued on to catch a td pass. He can be a good receiver and he is also the vocal leader for the team. Stock: up; Draft bargain round: 4th

Other Players that Flashed

McTelvin Agim, DL, Freshman #3 with Arkansas

His explosion of the ball is immediately noticeable. He accompanies that burst with the strength to push through blocks. He was used in rotation but when he got his chance, he knocked guards hands down and powerfully ripped through the gaps to cause sacks. Stock: up; Draft bargain round: unknown, too young to tell

Randy Ramsey, DE, Sophomore #10 with Arkansas

He is very fast off the edge when rushing and he combined the speed with a very low dip move to avoid the offensive linemen’s attempts to grasp.

Sammy Douglas, LB, Junior #35 with TCU

All game he slipped through the gaps and cracks of the offensive line to create disruption in the backfield. One of the times he shot the gap was on the goal line. Each time he does it; he is quick and uses good timing. However, when he didn’t shoot the gap, sometimes it took him extra effort to get off of the blocks. Stock: up; Draft’s bargain round: 5th

Best Players on the Field

Austin Allen

Jeremy Sprinkle

Josh Carraway


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Roger Dixon Jr

Roger is a native of Orlando, FL. After excelling in DII football his first 2 seasons, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing on the Florida Gators football team, where he was named Special Teams Player of the Year and Team Captain. He earned his degree in Economics from UF's Warrington College of Business. Roger brings a passion for football and unique perspective of what it takes to be successful in football at the highest level.

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