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Arkansas, Auburn Prepare For Spring Games

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There will be two SEC Spring games coming up on April 7 with Arkansas and Auburn proposing new challenges. Both will start on different times and be aired on SEC Network, Arkansas at 2 P.M. ET and Auburn at 4 P.M. ET. Offensively, it will be a challenge for both as there are several holes to fill with one starting over from scratch and the other rewarded nicely despite missing out on the biggest prize in 2017. A lot is to be covered between the two SEC West schools.

While the Razorbacks couldn’t convince Gus Malzahn to head west, they instead went west and hired SMU head coach Chad Morris to replace the embattled Bret Beliema. The first order of business for Morris is replacing Austin Allen at quarterback, and the possible candidate is sophomore Cole Kelley, who was the only other player under center to see action. Kelley threw for 1,038 yards and eight touchdowns and looking to be his only competition is junior Ty Storey.

Junior RB Devwah Whaley and WRs Jonathan Nance and Deon Stewart are preparing for a new system. Both Nance and Stewart were the top receivers for the Razorbacks last season and senior Jared Cornelius hopes for one final shot coming back from an ACL injury. New offensive coordinator is John Craddock IV. Junior LB De’Jon Harris returns as the leading tackler for the Razorbacks under new defensive coordinator John Chavis who came over from Texas A&M.

Auburn on the other hand looks to start on a high note as Malzahn kicked off the Spring with a brand new eight year deal. The only thing that will be missing during the Spring is quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who will be out with a shoulder injury. The only concern is filling the running back position with Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson heading to the NFL, Kam Martin is most likely the favorite. WRs Ryan Davis and Darius Slayton are back as the top receivers from last season.

The SEC West is looking to be reshaped mostly with new leadership under center, in the backfield and on the sideline. The most intriguing is seeing how the Razorbacks will perform under Morris and what plan he has installed for his new players.  While the RB position may not be too much of a mystery, Malzahn’s new deal should bring new faith into the team and really contend with Alabama in the West. Auburn beat the Crimson Tide last season to go to the SEC Championship Game, but lose to Georgia.

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