Texas A&M football: Scouting report of Arkansas Razorbacks

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AT&T Stadium will be rocking on a Saturday once again as Texas A&M football looks to get back in the win column against Arkansas.

Arkansas and Texas A&M football agreed on a 10-year deal to play each other at Cowboys Stadium back in 2008, but when the Aggies agreed to join the Southeastern Conference, it threw a wrench in the whole plan. The two parties sat down to discuss options and eventually agreed to extend the contract through the 2024 season.

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This means the two will continue to play a neutral site game until that time, at which point it will return to the typical rotation.

A&M has owned this matchup since joining the SEC. They lost to Arkansas all three times when this series started in 2009, but have won every game since that 2012 inaugural SEC season.

It would appear the Aggies have the Razorbacks’ number. Although it hasn’t been easy for Texas A&M — three of the last four meetings have gone to overtime. Here is the scouting report for the Arkansas Razorbacks

University of Arkansas Razorbacks

Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Enrollment: About 27,000

Conference: SEC

Head Coach: Chad Morris (15-25, 1-3 at Arkansas)

2017 finish: 4-8 (1-7), 13th in conference

Arkansas came into this season with a little buzz due to an offensive-minded hire of Aggie graduate Chad Morris, but things have not gone to plan.

Key 2018 Statistics:

Yards per game – 374.0 (No. 97)
Points per game – 25.5 (No. 93)
Rushing yards per game – 163.5 (No. 84)
Passing yards per game – 210.5 (No. 83)
Yards allowed per game – 358.8 (No. 60)
Points allowed per game – 33.0 (No. 100)
Rushing yards allowed per game – 88.3 (No. 7)
Passing yards allowed per game – 270.5 (No. 104)

Players to watch

Leading Passer: Ty Storey – 30-for-61, 438 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 115.9 QB rating

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The Razorbacks don’t have a lot of good going for them on offense so far this season. They’ve gone back and forth between Ty Storey and Cole Kelley at quarterback, and neither one has been very good.

Chad Morris is sticking with Storey, though, even after the offense mustered only three points against Auburn on Saturday. It’s hard to blame him when Kelley threw four picks against North Texas.

Leading Rusher: Devwah Whaley – 53 carries, 231 yards, 4.4 ypc, 2 TDs

As you can see from the numbers above, Arkansas has struggled to move the ball at all. It’s telling when Trayveon Williams had more yards in the season opener as Whaley does all season.

Another note at running back is the Aggies will see Rakeem Boyd, who was an A&M recruit that transferred to Independence, the school featured on Last Chance U. He’s got 21 carries for 145 yards this season for a very lethal 6.9 yards per carry. There’s a chance we see more of him on Saturday.

Leading Receiver: La’Michael Pettway – 11 catches, 173 yards, 15.7 avg, 3 TDs

Their passing offense leaves much to be desired. It should come as no surprise their leading receiver has pedestrian stats. Still, the Aggies have struggled giving up big plays this season and looked out of sorts against Alabama.

Junior LB De’Jon Harris

Harris is the leader of the Razorback defense and was recognized in the preseason as an All-SEC performer by the coaches and media alike. He is living up to the hype. He has 37 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, four passes defended and a forced fumble.

Junior DT McTelvin Agim

Athlon Sports pegged Agim as an All-SEC performer prior to this season and he’s helped the Razorbacks to their only decent-looking statistic of the season. They’re a top 10 run defense according to those numbers, but a lot of that has to do with teams throwing it all over the defense.

Senior DE Armon Watts

That name sounds awfully familiar, but Watts is of no relation to former Aggie safety Armani Watts. He leads the Razorbacks with three sacks so far this season and will be looking to feast on an Aggie offensive line that gave up 11 sacks combined to Clemson and Alabama.

The 11 am kickoff, Arkansas’ performance this season and the 20.5 spread in favor of the Aggies hints this could be a blowout.

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