SDS predicts the game one starters for all 14 SEC teams. Next up, the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Arkansas Razorbacks open the season on the road against the defending SEC Champion Auburn Tigers, and here is our projected starting lineup:

Offense Defense
QB Brandon Allen DE Trey Flowers
RB Alex Collins DT DeMarcus Hodge
WR Keon Hatcher DT Darius Philon
WR Demetrius Wilson DE Deatrich Wise
WR Jared Cornelius OLB Braylon Mitchell
TE Hunter Henry MLB Brooks Ellis
LT Dan Skipper OLB Martrell Spaight
LG Cameron Jefferson CB Tevin Mitchel
C Mitch Smothers CB Carrol Washington
RG Denver Kirkland SS Alan Turner
RT Brey Cook FS Rohan Gaines

Brandon Allen will get the nod, but his brother Austin Allen is an important figure within the roster and depth chart. The younger Allen has had a strong preseason.Takeaways:

  • SEC Freshman of the Year Alex Collins has had a tough off-season, and he’s been suspended a couple different times. Meanwhile, Jonathan Williams and Korliss Marshall have emerged, and my money is on Williams to start game one against Auburn. However, Collins and Marshall will see the field sooner rather than later.
  • The Hogs need receivers to emerge, and one could be freshman Jojo Robinson. For now, Keon Hatcher and Demetrius Wilson are solidified as starters, with the third  option up for grabs.
  • The offensive line received UNLV veteran transfer Cameron Jefferson, and he could work his way into the starting lineup by game one; it could be at left guard.
  • The secondary is pretty much set, and linebackers Brooks Ellis and defensive end Trey Flowers will be the leaders of the defense. The secondary was pushed around last season, and I expect more improvement in 2014 under Robb Smith.
  • DT Darius Philon came on strong last season, and Deatrich Wise had a big spring.

Predicted starters for every SEC team’s first game: