Arkansas defense under the microscope

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - If Arkansas' defense is merely above average this season, the Razorbacks should contend for their first Southeastern Conference football title. That explains why defensive players are approaching spring practice with a sense of urgency.

Arkansas returns seven starters on that side of the ball, but the Razorbacks allowed 401 yards per game last season, and there were times even the Hogs' powerful offense struggled to keep up.

Arkansas returns several key players on offense, but with quarterback Ryan Mallett injured right now, the defense is under the microscope.

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