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3 newcomers who will have the biggest impact on Arkansas football in 2024

Sam Pittman is entering the most important season of his coaching career. He was almost fired as Arkansas football coach last season, but was able to stay on for at least another year.

He knows his job is on the line, so he made sure he brought in enough talent through the transfer portal to make a difference and get the Razorbacks bowling again.

These are the newcomers that will have the biggest impact.

Ja’Quinden Jackson replaces Rocket Sanders after entering the transfer portal and he should not only be able to start, but also be one of the best running backs in the SEC.

Jackson was a star for Utah, rushing for more than 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry two seasons ago and 5.0 last year, but I expect this year to be somewhere in between with over 1,000 rushing yards and over 10 touchdowns.

While I wasn’t super excited about Taylen Green being picked up by Arkansas to replace KJ Jefferson, I do think he will make some moves as a starting quarterback on a better team in a better conference.

Green was solid for Boise State the past two years, passing for 3,794 yards and 25 touchdowns with 15 interceptions and completing just under 60 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 1,024 yards and 19 touchdowns and he’s going to bring that dual-threat ability to Fayetteville and become a surprise star for the Razorbacks.

Xavian Sorey is kind of a wild card here and he doesn’t have a lot of career production after spending the last three years at Georgia, but Arkansas needed a lot of defensive help and he thinks he should start in the middle of the defense.

The former blue chip recruit has elite potential and I would be shocked if he made over 100 tackles this season and became a serious NFL draft prospect.

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