Feleipe Franks, QB #13
Remember Feleipe from his days at Florida? In case you missed it, he transferred to Arkansas last year after Kyle Trask showed out while he was out with an injury.
And so far, he hasn’t been terrible at Arkansas. Not all-conference, by any means. But not terrible either. He’s middle of the SEC pack in nearly every statistical passing category. He’s currently sitting at 1213 passing yards with 11 touchdowns and 3 picks on the year. Throw that in with a 66% completion rate and the fact that he’s been playing football for nearly half a decade, and you get a safe quarterback with a high floor and a not-so-high ceiling.
The real question is which Tennessee defense will show up Saturday night? If it’s the Tennessee defense from the first couple of games this year, Franks will probably have a ~250 yard, 1 or 2 touchdowns, 1 or 2 interception kind of night. If it’s the Tennessee defense from the last three games, Franks will probably look like a Heisman Trophy candidate.
Treylon Burks, WR #16
Shi Smith, Kearis Jackson, John Metchie, and Slade Bolden all posted 90+ yard days against this Tennessee defense at some point this season. That bodes well for Burks, who’s in the middle of what can only be called “a hell of a season.”
Burks missed most of the Mississippi State game and all of the Auburn game with a knee boo-boo. But in three full games against Georgia, Ole Miss, and TAMU, he’s totaled 25 catches, 356 yards, and 4 touchdowns.
At 6’3″, 230 pounds, Burks is a load. For a Tennessee secondary that has been struggling all season, this may be their biggest challenge yet.
Rakeem Boyd, RB #5
Boyd, like Burks, has been going through some injury issues this season. But, man, did Boyd look healthy last weekend against TAMU. He posted an even 100 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
Other than that, though, Boyd has had a pretty ho-hum season. And due credit to Trelon Smith, he’s averaging four yards a carry this season. Both Boyd and Smith are capable of changing the game out of the backfield in their own ways. Boyd is more of an early-down, “ground and pound” type of back, to use the old vernacular. And Smith is more of a 3rd down back.
Both will get 10+ touches on Saturday.
Bumper Pool, LB #10
Worth putting on the players to watch list because of his name alone. If you’ve never played an actual bumper pool, you should definitely try it one day. Especially if you enjoy just run of the mill billiards. It’s basically a pool between two players, but it’s on a small table with five balls per player and little mushroom looking bumpers scattered around the table. You have to hit one particular ball in before you can start hitting all of your others, and the first player to sink all of their balls in the other pocket wins. Obviously, your opponent is trying to do the same, so it gets interesting when you start hitting each other out of the way. There are variations of table types, too. I personally have only ever played on an octagon-shaped table, but there are just rectangle shaped tables as well.
Bumper Pool, the player for Arkansas, is second on the team in tackles (50) and tackles for loss (4).
Grant Morgan is possibly the better linebacker. But his name isn’t as cool.
Greg Brooks Jr., NB #9
Pick one of the guys in Arkansas’ secondary; they’re all good. Hudson Clark, Joseph Foucha, and Jalen Catalon could all have their own write-up here.
But where those other guys are very successful in pass coverage, Brooks Jr. is successful in pass coverage and in defending the run. He’s second on the team in interceptions with two and third in tackles for loss with three.
Again, and I can’t stress this enough, the whole Arkansas secondary is good. They’re second in the FBS with 10 total interceptions, behind Kentucky with 11. But they’ve also played one less game than the Wildcats. And to make matters worse for the Vols, three of those Kentucky interceptions were against Tennessee.
If Tennessee’s offensive struggles continue, there’s a chance Arkansas will lead the country in interceptions before Saturday is over.