14 Nov SPORTS TALK PODCAST: How injuries have impacted Arkansas’ season
Arkansas’ struggles this season can and have been attributed to many things. Some want to blame it on coaching. Others are upset with recruiting, or lack thereof. Some even decide to place the blame on the University of Arkansas’ switch from Coke to Pepsi products. But lots of fans don’t even see one factor that arguably has had the biggest impact on the Razorbacks this season, injuries.
The Razorbacks have suffered from a variety of injuries all across their roster. First, the SEC’s leading rusher for 2016, Rawleigh Williams III, suffered a career-ending injury in the spring. Then, Ryan Pulley suffered a season-ending pectoral tear in the season opener. After that the injuries piled up for the Hogs.
Senior WR Jared Cornelius, senior C Frank Ragnow, and promising freshman RB Chase Hayden have all suffered season-ending injuries this year. Senior QB Austin Allen suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him for a portion of the mid-season as well. There were also a handful of other injuries that have hindered the progression of some of Arkansas’ young talent.
An injury list this long is not normal, especially not when the list is littered with some of the team’s best and most experienced players. But some fans choose to overlook this. They want to place the blame solely on coaching in an effort to bring in a new, fresh face in the offseason. So other than losing, why are fans so frustrated with Bret Bielema?
Chris in Fort Smith is tired of hearing about how much we’ve improved in the offseason only to be let down once the season kicks off. Jason in Leachville doesn’t like how stubborn Bielema is. Bielema has brought his signature style of play from Wisconsin to Arkansas, but that style hasn’t worked in the SEC. Fans from across the state have differing opinions, so what is it about Bielema’s coaching that has frustrated you the most?