OLB spots provide 2 distinctive looks for Razorbacks


Photographs by Jason Ivester

Arkansas linebacker Michael Taylor goes through practice Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Fayetteville.

The Arkansas Razorbacks' switch to a base 3-4 defense affects outside linebackers more than any other set of players.

Outside Linebackers position glance

Returning starters SLB Randy Ramsey (3 starts in 2016)

Key losses Dee Walker (moved to ILB)

Who’s back Dwayne Eugene (6 starts at WLB)

Who’s new Karl Roesler (changed from DE), Michael Taylor (redshirted), Alexy Jean-Baptiste (redshirted)

Walk-ons Ben Brasuell, Brandon DePrato, Brenden Young

Analysis Bret Bielema and Paul Rhoads were convinced that Arkansas’ lack of depth on the defensive front and lack of versatility in the 4-3 scheme made it imperative to change the philosophy. While the outside linebackers will be in 2-point stances, the front can be shifted easily to a 4-3, and the “Hog” position in particular could drop to a 3-point stance. Ramsey and Eugene have the most experience at playing outside spots in the previous defense, but Roesler and Taylor also have played on their feet in the past.

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