An early look at South Carolina's Nov. 10 opponent, Arkansas, with video comments from head coach John L. Smith and players Tyler Wilson and Knile Davis.
... Last year's record: 11-2, 6-2 SEC
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... Bowl game last season: Defeated Kansas State 29-16 in Cotton Bowl
... Head coach: John L. Smith 0-0, first year (132-86 career record, 18 years)
... Series record: Arkansas leads 13-7
... Coaches All-SEC selections: QB Tyler Wilson (1st team), RB Knile Davis (1st), WR Cobi Hamilton (1st), AP Dennis Johnson (1st), TE Chris Gragg (2nd), OL Alvin Bailey (2nd), OLB Alonzo Highsmith (2nd), C Travis Swanson (3rd), P Dylan Breeding (3rd), PK Zach Hocker (3rd)
... Tyler Wilson, quarterback: Razorback fans rejoiced when Wilson said he would not turn pro after his standout 2011 season. Wilson had 24 touchdowns with only six interceptions and led the Razorbacks to 11 wins. He led the SEC with 279.8 passing yards per game and made the Associated Press First Team All-SEC.
... Knile Davis, running back: He missed last season with a broken ankle but was able to participate in spring drills. He rushed for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns in the 2010 season.
... It's yet to be determined how the Razorbacks will be affected by the off-season turmoil that caused coach Bobby Petrino to step down. Arkansas will welcome RB Knile Davis back, but lost three wide receivers to the NFL. If USC can control QB Tyler Wilson they have a chance to break the Razorbacks' recent stronghold in the series. USC has a week off prepare for the home game.
... Wilson and Davis give Arkansas a serious 1-2 punch. Also, the Razorback defense dominated USC in the 44-28 loss last season. They limited the Gamecocks to 207 total yards and forced four turnovers. If interim coach John L. Smith can right the ship this team is again talented enough to be considered for a BCS bid.