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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


The quarterback situation for Arkansas this season has been anything but enjoyable. Having lost six straight games, the Razorbacks will turn to redshirt freshman John Stephen Jones under center Saturday when they host Western Kentucky in non-league play.

Jones, the grandson of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the son of Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, is the team's third starting quarterback this season. Nick Starkel and Ben Hicks have started the first nine games (five by Starkel) and now Jones has a chance to earn the full-time job in what is a lost season for the Razorbacks. "I think when you look at his prior performance when he stepped on the field the last two weeks, the moment has not been too big for him," Arkansas coach Chad Morris said on Monday. "I think he did a great job of providing grit and toughness and I think he'll play really well." Western Kentucky played outstanding defense during a four-game winning streak before allowing 61 points in losing the last two games.

TV: Noon ET, SEC Network. LINE: Arkansas -1.5

ABOUT WESTERN KENTUCKY (5-4): The Hilltoppers wasted a 14-0 lead in last week's 35-24 defeat to Florida Atlantic, but this week's matchup is all about Ty Storey. The graduate transfer and former Arkansas quarterback is now under center for Western Kentucky and insists that he harbors no ill will against the Razorbacks coaches. "So there was never any bad blood. We had a great relationship," Storey said. "I'm always thankful they threw me out there and let me show what I could do last year. There was no issues between any of us."

ABOUT ARKANSAS (2-7): Arkansas tight end Cheyenne O'Grady, the program's all-time leader in touchdown catches by a tight end (12), has mutually agreed to leave the program after being suspended for last week's Mississippi State game. "We met last night and we want to wish C.J. the best," Morris said earlier this week of O'Grady, who leads the team this season in catches (33), receiving yards (372) and touchdown catches (three). Jones was 4-of-9 for 25 yards with a touchdown against the Bulldogs and went 6-of-7 with a score in mop-up time against Alabama late last month.

EXTRA POINTS

1. During its four-game winning streak, Western Kentucky allowed a total of 38 points.

2. Arkansas has used multiple quarterbacks in a game five times this season.

3. Rakeem Boyd leads Arkansas with 820 rushing yards and averaged 10.4 yards per attempt against Mississippi State.

Prediction

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Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA.
Capacity: 72,000

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Last Injuries

Arkansas Razorbacks

  • Jalen Catalon

    Undisclosed
    out for season | out

    Catalon will miss the remainder of the 2019 season due to an unspecified injury.

  • A'Montae Spivey

    Suspension
    Ques Nov 23 | questionable

    Spivey was suspended for the last game, and it has yet to be established if he will be reinstated to play Nov. 23 versus LSU.

  • K.J. Jefferson

    Shoulder
    Ques Nov 23 | questionable

    Jefferson exited the last game with a shoulder injury, and his status is unknown for Nov. 23 against LSU.

  • Trey Knox

    Ankle
    Ques Nov 23 | questionable

    Knox exited the previous game with an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will line up versus LSU on Nov. 23.

  • De'Vion Warren

    Ankle
    Ques Nov 23 | questionable

    Warren sat out the last game with a sprained ankle, and it is uncertain if he will be available Nov. 23 against LSU.

  • Trey Knox

    Illness
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Knox is ailing from an illness, and it is uncertain if the symptoms will subside in time for Saturday's matchup versus Western Kentucky.

  • Austin Capps

    Concussion
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Capps has sat out the last two games due to concussion-like symptoms, and it is unknown if he will suit up against Western Kentucky on Saturday.

  • Chase Hayden

    Red Shirt
    out for season | out

    Hayden has elected to use the 2019 season a redshirt year.

arkansas-razorbacks-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Nick Starkel 4 0 137.316 0 114 69 6 0 0 7 910
Ben Hicks 2 0 91.653 0 45 21 0 0 0 0 241
Rakeem Boyd 4 0 .000 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Rakeem Boyd 4 0 394 0 73 3
Devwah Whaley 4 0 136 0 32 2
De'Vion Warren 4 0 51 0 5 0
Chase Hayden 4 0 39 0 12 0
Ben Hicks 2 0 1 0 6 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Trey Knox 4 0 299 0 21 0 2
Mike Woods 4 0 239 0 17 0 1
Treylon Burks 3 0 172 0 9 0 0
CJ O'Grady 3 0 152 0 10 0 1
Tyson Morris 4 0 92 0 7 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Kamren Curl 4 0 20 7 1 1 2 22 1 2 9 2
Bumper Pool 4 0 12 14 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
De'Jon Harris 4 0 12 16 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
Jarques McClellion 4 0 9 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Joe Foucha 4 0 9 9 0 1 1 20 3 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Connor Limpert 4 0 6 7 54 14 14
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
De'Vion Warren 4 0 7 0 36 167
Chase Hayden 4 0 2 0 18 22
Nathan Parodi 1 0 1 0 0 0
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Devwah Whaley 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Rakeem Boyd 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Treylon Burks 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Chase Harrell 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
CJ O'Grady 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Devwah Whaley 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Koilan Jackson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Mike Woods 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Treylon Burks 3 0 7 0 15 52

western-kentucky-hilltoppers-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Steven Duncan 3 0 121.731 0 119 70 4 0 0 5 790
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Gaej Walker 3 0 293 0 60 3
KeShawn McClendon 2 0 20 0 4 0
Lucky Jackson 3 0 15 0 1 0
Steven Duncan 3 0 11 0 15 1
Jakairi Moses 1 0 6 0 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Lucky Jackson 3 0 154 0 13 0 0
Jahcour Pearson 3 0 130 0 16 0 2
Joshua Simon 2 0 130 0 4 0 2
Jacquez Sloan 3 0 123 0 12 0 0
Kyle Fourtenbary 3 0 81 0 7 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
DeAngelo Malone 3 0 12 15 0 0 0 0 0 2 18 6
Kyle Bailey 3 0 12 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Antwon Kincade 3 0 10 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Devon Key 3 0 10 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Jeremy Darvin 3 0 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Cory Munson 3 0 2 3 44 9 9
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Garland LaFrance 3 0 10 0 31 186
Steven Witchoskey 1 0 1 0 10 10
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Steven Duncan 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Clayton Bush 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Lucky Jackson 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Gaej Walker 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Jahcour Pearson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
John Haggerty 3 0 0 564 0 63 12 0 0
Joshua Simon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Kyle Fourtenbary 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Clayton Bush 2 0 3 0 0 -6