Arkansas ranked #12 in Sports Illustrated’s preseason Top 25

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FAYETTEVILLE, AR – Arkansas is ranked #12 in Sports Illustrated’s college football preview issue, which hits newsstands today.

The preview highlights Austin Flynn as a key recruit, Cobi Hamilton as a breakout player and discusses other top offensive, defensive and special teams players.

SI’s Matt Gagne writes of the Razorbacks, “Arkansas replaced coach Bobby Petrino with John L. Smith in April after Petrino was found to have engaged in an improper relationship with a female football program employee. But an equally significant coaching change took place last December, when defensive coordinator Paul Haynes was hired away from Ohio State.

“The Razorbacks allowed an average of 174.3 rushing yards per game during the 2011 regular season, ninth worst in the SEC. But with Haynes on the sideline for the Cotton Bowl, the Hogs held Kansas State to 87 yards rushing (106 below their average) while finishing with seven sacks in a 29-16 victory. The offense is led by two Heisman candidates in quarterback Tyler Wilson and running back Knile Davis.”

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