Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema hasn’t had the best of records since he arrived in Fayetteville in 2013. He has amassed a 10-15 record, although the team did go 7-6 last season with a Texas Bowl win.
However, he has done a terrific job giving all his players the recognition the don’t usually get.
After it was revealed the Razorbacks offensive line would be featured on the cover of the 2015 season media guide, Bielema pulled another classy move Wednesday when he made a 1970’s movie reference when he was asked about his defense.
According to 247 Sports, Bielema was interviewed by ESPN on Wednesday and he talked about not having a lot of superstars that get a lot of attention on the defensive side of the ball, but rather a bunch of athletes that play well as a team.
“Defensively, we have a bunch of no-name guys,” Bielema said. “I reference them as the “Bad News Bears” if you are old enough to remember that movie. A bunch of guys who play well together. Last year no one new Martrell Spaight’s name, he was a non-starter. No one really knew about Darius Philon, who left two year’s early for the NFL.
Although the Razorbacks went just a game above .500 last season, some of those losses were close and low-scoring affairs, including a one-point loss to eventual SEC champion, Alabama. The Razorbacks held the Crimson Tide to their lowest amount of points all season only allowing fourteen.
In their seven wins, the Razorbacks allowed more than seventeen points only once and that was a 49-28 win over Texas Tech early in the season. The Razorbacks shut out LSU and Ole Miss in back-to-back games and then molly-whopped Texas in the Advocare Texas Bowl 31-7.
The Razorbacks may not be projected to win the SEC West, but they are surely not a team you can sleep on this season. They could seriously make a lot of noise if teams aren’t careful.
The Razorbacks open the season against UTEP on September 5.
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