Arkansas Looks for Improved Ground Game

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino knows the
running game must improve following a season-opening win over
Missouri State.

The No. 14 Razorbacks (1-0) averaged just 3.1 yards on 33 attempts against the Bears. Petrino blamed the Bears' "kamikaze" defense that was aimed at stopping the run.

However, he also said the new-look Arkansas offensive line must improve -- as well as the team's running backs group that is missing Knile Davis. Davis broke his left ankle early during fall camp and is
expected to miss the season, but Petrino expects junior Ronnie
Wingo and the rest of the Razorbacks to improve this week against
New Mexico (0-1).

Arkansas started three new linemen on offense against Missouri
State. That included Mitch Smothers, who became the school's first
true freshman to start a season opener on the line when he opened
at left tackle.


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