Pressed for pressure: Man coverage gives Hogs a shot to blitz


Photographs by Andy Shupe

Arkansas defensive back Chevin Calloway defends during a drill Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, during practice at the university practice fields in Fayetteville.

For Arkansas to pressure a quarterback the way John Chavis wants and is known for doing, its cornerbacks need to excel in man-to-man coverage.


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Cornerbacks and nickel backs

KEY LOSS Henre Toliver

RETURNING STARTER Ryan Pulley (1 start in 2017 before season-ending injury, 12 starts in 2016), Kevin Richardson (9 starts in 2017)

WHO’S BACK Chevin Calloway, Britto Tutt, Jarques McClellion, Nate Dalton, Derrick Munson

WHO’S NEW Joe Foucha, D’Vone McClure, LaDarrius Bishop

WALK-ON Nathan Parodi

ANALYSIS The versatile Richardson — who can play any position in the secondary — is expected to be out for at least the first two games because of a foot injury, and the Razorbacks need some inexperienced players such as McClure, Munson, Dalton or Foucha to play at nickel back. Pulley is one of the best cornerbacks in the SEC and back to full speed after missing the final 11 games last season because of pectoral injury. Calloway has moved into a starting spot with Kamren Curl’s move to safety. Calloway said he’s looking forward to being challenged when teams decide not to test Pulley. Tutt said he’s healthy and moving better than ever after being plagued by knee injuries the previous two seasons.

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