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5 breakout candidates for Arkansas’ offense in the 2018 season

Arkanas breakuout players, Chase Hayden
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — New Arkansas coach Chad Morris should be excited about the Razorbacks’ offensive potential this season because he has some pieces that should fit beautifully in his scheme.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some potential breakout candidates for the Razorbacks this fall.

5. WR Jordan Jones (sophomore)

Jones (6 feet 1, 185 pounds) has impressive upside. And with how Morris likes to throw the deep ball, Jones could become a weapon for any quarterback. Jones was third on the team in receiving (21 receptions, for 401 yards and three touchdowns) in 2017, and had the Hogs’ longest reception of the season with a 65-yarder against Missouri. He has good speed and should be expected to get a lot of looks in the 2018 season.

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4. TE Cheyenne O’Grady (sophomore)

If you’re looking for NFL measurables at tight end, O’Grady – who is 6-4 and 253 pounds – fits that bill. Transitioning back to a style of play that he was familiar with at Fayetteville (Ark.) High could really showcase his abilities. He can be split out wide in Morris’ offense, creating a ton of mismatches. Bret Bielema said multiple times that O’Grady has the best hands on the team.

3. RB Chase Hayden (sophomore)

Hayden (pictured above) only played in seven games in 2017 before he was injured and missed the rest of the season. If Hayden’s injury didn’t happen, could the Hogs have reached bowl eligibility? It’s a legit question because that’s how electric and dynamic Hayden can be. He excels with quick cuts and has the speed to beat defenders to the boundary. Hayden is a guy who should thrive in space in Morris’ offense, and he also is the kind of checkdown option that Morris will need.

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