Most of our “Players to Watch” articles have included the names of players that most people are already predicting to accomplish big things on the field this season. For the Arkansas Razorbacks, running back Knile Davis, had dominated most of the preseason hype after finishing with the 2nd highest rushing total in the SEC last year but all that talk shifted gears when an ankle injury sidelined Davis for the entire 2011 season. If the Hogs are going to live up to expectations, they will have to find a suitable replacement. Insert Ronnie Wingo, Jr.
Wingo, a JR, possesses all the necessary tools to succeed this year. Speed, size, and experience. Wingo checks in at 6’3 230 lbs and is one of the fastest players on the team. He has appeared in all 26 career games and has shown Hog fans flashes of big-time potential with some memorable touchdown runs and catches during his first two seasons. He was highly recruited out of St. Louis University High School and ran for an unbelievable 7 TDs and 403 yards in one HS game.
Since arriving at Arkansas, Wingo has seemed to excel in Spring practices but has never been able to lock up a starting role. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield has been valuable to the Hogs but fans are still waiting to see him break out and live up to the potential that he displayed during his HS days.
This year, Wingo has the opportunity to take the starting job and run with it – pun fully intended. Arkansas’ talented receivers should be able to take the pressure off the running game, and most people around Arkansas are feeling extremely confident in QB Tyler Wilson’s ability to get the ball down field.
If the young offensive line can open up some holes, expect Wingo to have a productive year. The Hogs don’t need him to be Superman, or Knile Davis……just effective enough to keep defenses from constantly dropping back in coverage. All eyes will be on Wingo and the other Hog running backs to see if they can step up and make fans forget about Knile Davis.