EspeciLly when they come at key spots and/or in bunches.
For the “next man up” crowd, look at he Egg Bowl.
Arkansas’ injuries have been monumental this year. Allen has been injured and ineffective. That has been huge.
The loss of RW3 has made a huge difference–probably 1-2 more wins worth. People have completely forgotten about him. There have been lots of key runs in recent weeks in which our RBs have had solid gains but that an elite RB like Rw3 would have made much more. Plays that would have finished games but for missed holes or shoestring tackles.
Losing the best player on defense changed the dynamic a lot.
Not having your only steady returning WR playmaker hurt.
None of this is a plea for CBB. I know that ship has sailed. But, we have had injuries to pretty much all of the players that you would look at in preseason and say you can’t afford to lose.
Allen, Ragnow, RW3 and Pulley are All-SEC caliber players or have been.
There are only 2-3 teams in the league that can overcome that. We aren’t one of them.
I think the next coach will have a good shot to win a good number next year.
The much-maligned defense has played a lot better down the stretch. And, we have a very rare 5-game homestand.
I see 3 returning defensive players who have very good chances of being All-Sec types (Pulley, Scoota and Agim). I also see several others who have a chance of being very good, particularly in the 2nd year in the system (Santos, Greenlaw, Ramsey, Curl, Callaway, Montaric).
The key will be whether we can get some DL help and put together an offense that takes some pressure off of the defense.
But, the cupboard is not as bare as it seems.