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Position superlatives: Arkansas

We take a look at Arkansas today as the Hogs get ready for year No. 3 under Bobby Petrino:

Strongest position: Receiver/tight end

Key returnees: Greg Childs, Joe Adams, Jarius Wright, Cobi Hamilton, D.J. Williams

Key departures: London Crawford, Lucas Miller

The skinny: The Hogs return their top five receivers from a year ago, including Williams at the tight end position. Look for him to be a lot more involved in the offense as quarterback Ryan Mallett enters his second season as the starter. Childs, Adams and Wright combined for 19 touchdown catches last season, and Petrino thinks Hamilton has as much talent as any of them coming off his freshman season. In SEC games only, Childs was the league leader a year ago in receiving yards per game (92.1), yards per catch (23), receiving yards (737) and touchdown catches (six). In short, not only is this the best receiving corps in the SEC, it rates up there among the best in the country.

Weakest position: Linebacker

Key returnees: Jerry Franklin, Freddy Burton

Key departures: Wendel Davis

The skinny: Petrino is the first to tell you that the Hogs need to find some more depth at linebacker. It’s an area that has plagued Arkansas ever since Petrino arrived. Franklin has played both in the middle and on the outside during his career and has started every game since Petrino has been the Hogs’ coach. Tackling was a big problem last season, not just at linebacker either, but the whole defense. But if your linebackers are making more plays down the field than they are at the line of scrimmage or the backfield, that’s a problem.