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thunderbird1100
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Yes. Bielema told his coach that he didn't really fit what he and Chaney wanted and that they were going to pursue other options.



This I dont understand, Blanchard will be a big back and that's exactly what Bielema is using. Also makes no sense to drop him when Arky desperately needs RBs. Bielema is making friends fast down in LA either by doing this.



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TheCheshireHog
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This I dont understand, Blanchard will be a big back and that's exactly what Bielema is using. Also makes no sense to drop him when Arky desperately needs RBs. Bielema is making friends fast down in LA either by doing this.


That's what I don't understand either. It seemed to me as well that he would be a perfect fit. Petrino loved big backs and it seemed like he would transition seamlessly into Bielema's offense.

The only things I can come up with are the injuries or its actually Chaney that doesn't want him. Petrino made a living on offering guys that were injured in high school and weren't heavily recruited. It seemed that he took a couple of these each year. Knile Davis being a great example. Perhaps Bielema isn't comfortable with the same thing. He does run his backs a ton so maybe that was a red flag to him.

If that's not it then maybe Chaney vetoed him. He actually wasn't dropped until Chaney was hired. They cut three commits loose on the offensive side of thr ball after Chaney was brought in. Bielema said he was going to let Chaney have a lot of say over personnel so maybe he isn't as big of a fan of the big backs. Bielema has said that our offense isn't going to be a replica of the Wisconsin offense. He said he wants to combine elements of what they did at Wisconsin with what Chaney was doing at Tennessee and some of the stuff that we have been doing at Arkansas under Petrino. Perhaps they don't feel the need to be as focused on big backs because of this?

Either way, like I said before, I still would have kept him due to his loyalty to Arkansas through the whole process and the fact that we don't have any RB's on campus right now. We have a grand total of three scholarship backs coming back next season currently. Jonathan Williams (SO 6'0, 205) who will be our feature back next season, Kody Walker (SO 6'2 240) who is coming off a broken leg and was actually moved to FB under Paul Petrino this past year before getting hurt and Nate Holmes (SO 6'1, 175) who is more of a 5-10 carries a game scat back that will never be a starter.

I would have honored Blanchard's commitment regardless and then gone out and signed two additional RB's to go along with him. There is more than enough space to let you sign that many guys and not be worried about him being the only guy that you can turn to if you aren't 100% sold on him. At least give the kid a chance however.




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MemphisBlouinite
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re: So is Kaleb Blanchard going to be considered now?


Not trying to take a shot here but Tennessee didn't exactly run the ball very much or very effectively during Chaney's time there.





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TheCheshireHog
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No arguement from me there. Tennessee was painful to watch at times when it came to running the ball.

I would prefer we stuck with what was working a Wisconsin in terms of running the ball. Mesh that with the Tennessee passing attack and you might have something pretty good. Something similar to Petrino's belief in the "power spread".

Hopefully Joel Thomas will get us straightened out when he starts recruiting next week. He's had some pretty solid running backs the last four years at Washington.



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Mesh that with the Tennessee passing attack and you might have something pretty good.
The Tennessee passing attack was successful because of talent more than scheme.






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TheCheshireHog
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I will admit that after rewatching a few Tennessee games since we hired Chaney that his scheme is a little to vertical at times for my tastes. It seems to be very heavy in verts, deep outs and smash concepts and not a whole lot underneath, across the middle. It's almost an all or nothing type scheme.

I know many don't like him but I absolutely loved Petrino's passing attack from an x's and o's standpoint. Smartfootball has a great read on it here. Chaney would do well to take some of the TE routes and crossing routes that Petrino feasted on and add them in to his own attack. Hopefully that is what Bielema meant when he said he wanted to keep some of the things offensively that we were already doing at Arkansas.






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I would have honored Blanchard's commitment regardless and then gone out and signed two additional RB's to go along with him


Honestly, he's a talented player. Why not keep him and if he doesn't pan out at RB, give a shot at other positions. You'd have to think he'd make an impact somewhere on the field, even if its just something minor like special teams.






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Gravitiger
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I know many don't like him but I absolutely loved Petrino's passing attack from an x's and o's standpoint.
Can't stand him as a man but it's hard to deny that he was a pretty brilliant schemer and play caller.






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coldhotwings
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I will admit that after rewatching a few Tennessee games since we hired Chaney that his scheme is a little to vertical at times for my tastes. It seems to be very heavy in verts, deep outs and smash concepts and not a whole lot underneath, across the middle. It's almost an all or nothing type scheme.


Sounds like an LSU rantard's dream OC.






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jrevonte
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You're going to need tougher skin for the next few years if you choose to continue to post.


No i don't...the thickness or toughness of my skin is never an issue...



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D011ahbi11
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Word is he is headed for Tulane and will announce next week.

Are you guys sure about this? Other than this thread I havent seen any mention of him going to Tulane. Would be nice though.

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Tulane desperately needs a running back
I'd like to have him, but I wouldnt say all that. Rob Kelley and Darkwa can produce, but as you mentioned that offensive line was terrible last season.






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TigerRantMan99
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Tulane has emerged as a serious player in the recruitment of a prominent Louisiana running back.

An informed source tells sportsNOLA.com that Denham Springs star Kaleb Blanchard is now seriously considering the Green Wave, along with Mississippi State, Ole Miss,TCU and Tennessee.






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South Bama over Hogs


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oauron
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Was mostly saying your response was silly and while yes, he probably couldn't play at the level of Blanchard, that has nothing to do with his post.





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Dan
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how is he a 5.7 four star............





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