Complete individual and team stat projections, plus a depth-chart ordered by total number of expected snaps

FAYETTEVILLE - The Arkansas football team will release its first depth chart since 2015. Really.

Coach Bret Bielema declined to release one in the spring. The only player he ever called a No. 1 starter definitively was quarterback Austin Allen. Others were obvious: offensive lineman Dan Skipper, defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr., linebackers Dre Greenlaw and Brooks Ellis, tight end Jeremy Sprinkle.

Truth is, beyond those six players, everyone else had a legitimate chance to be a back-up, by technical terms. Such labeling is pretty unimportant in this era, though. So many teams run offenses so quickly and so spread out these days, defensive players who would normally be called "back-ups" see more snaps than the so-called starters. On offense, there are so many formations teams use on the regular, assigning one as the standard is typically incorrect.

It is easier, then, when projected a player's affect at his position, to count the snaps, or percentage of snaps, he plays. Throw out "starter" and simply assign a quantifiable metric. If a player is counted on his by his coaching staff, he will play snaps. 

In advance of the Razorbacks' depth chart for the opening week of the season (opener is Saturday against Louisiana Tech at 3 p.m.), here is the measure of what to expect, snap-wise. This list may not match up with what's released Monday, as it a season-long expectation, not just Week 1.

Players are listed in order of the number of snaps they're expected to see this season. Any ties mean the player is unexpected to play, whether by redshirt or buried on the depth chart. Players not listed are not expected to play. Special teams snaps do not count except for exclusively special teams positions (kicker, punter, punt return, kick returner). Accumulated statistics are approximate. They were projected based off previous Arkansas teams under Bielema, Wisconsin teams under Bielema and sheer eye-ball tests from the spring and fall.

Quarterback:

1. Austin Allen (240 completions, 380 attempts, 3,100 yards, 28 touchdowns, 12 interceptions)

2. Ty Storey (<10 completions, <10 attempts, <100 yards)

Redshirt: Cole Kelley

Depth: Ricky Town

Running back:

1. Devwah Whaley (160 carries, 1,100 yards, 12 touchdowns)

2. Rawleigh Williams III (135 carries, 750 yards, 8 touchdowns)

3. Kody Walker (110 carries, 500 yards, six touchdowns)

4. Duwop Mitchell (20 carries, 80 yards)

Redshirt: T.J. Hammonds

Depth: Juan Day

Fullback

1. Hayden Johnson (<10 carries, <100 yards, 1 touchdown)

Depth: Kendrick Jackson

Wide receiver:

1. Drew Morgan (55 receptions, 750 yards, five touchdowns)

2. Keon Hatcher (50 receptions, 700 yards, five touchdowns)

3. Jared Cornelius (30 receptions, 500 yards, three touchdowns)

4. Dominique Reed (35 receptions, 650 yards, five touchdowns)

5. Cody Hollister (15 receptions, 250 yards, one touchdown)

6. Jordan Jones (<10 receptions, 120 yards)

7. Deon Stewart (<10 receptions, <100 yards)

Depth: Luke Rossi, D'Vone McClure, La'Michael Pettway

Tight end:

1. Jeremy Sprinkle (40 receptions, 550 yards, six touchdowns)

2. Austin Cantrell (<10 receptions, <100 yards)

3. Anthony Antwine (<10 receptions, <100 yards)

4. Jack Kraus (<10 receptions, <100 yards)

Redshirt: Grayson Gunter

Depth: Will Gragg, Cheyenne O'Grady

Left tackle:

1. Dan Skipper

2. Colton Jackson

3. Paul Ramirez

Left guard:

1. Hjalte Froholdt

2. Deion Malone

3. Johnny Gibson

Center:

1. Frank Ragnow

2. Zach Rogers

3. Jake Raulerson

Right guard:

1. Raulerson

2. Rogers

3. Jalen Merrick

Right tackle:

1. Brian Wallace

2. Jackson

Redshirt: Jake Heinrich

Left end:

1. Deatrich Wise Jr. (45 tackles, 15 for-loss, 12 sacks)

2. JaMichael Winston (20 tackles, 2 for-loss, 1 sack)

3. Michael Taylor (15 tackles, 2 for-loss)

Depth: Brandon Lewis

Nose guard

1. Taiwan Johnson (30 tackles, 6 for-loss, 2 sacks)

2. Austin Capps (10 tackles, 1 for-loss)

3. Bijhon Jackson (<10 tackles)

Depth: Armon Watts

3-Technique

1. Jeremiah Ledbetter (45 tackles, 12 for-loss, 5 sacks)

2. T.J. Smith (<10 tackles)

3. Jackson

Redshirt: Briston Guidry

Depth: Daytrieon Dean

Right-end

1. McTelvin Agim (30 tackles, 6 for-loss, 3 sacks)

2. Tevin Beanum (20 tackles, 4 for-loss, 2 sacks)

3. Karl Roesler (10 tackles, 2 for-loss, 1 sack)

4. Randy Ramsey (<10 tackles, 1 for-loss)

Redshirt: Jonathan Marshall

Linebacker (position not specified)

1. Brooks Ellis (100 tackles, 12 for-loss, 2 sacks)

2. Dre Greenlaw (110 tackles, 5 for-loss, 1 sack)

3. De'Jon Harris (35 tackles, 3 for-loss)

4. Khalia Hackett (20 tackles, 1 for-loss)

5. Josh Williams (15 tackles, 1 for-loss)

6. Dee Walker (<10 tackles)

7. Dwayne Eugene (<10 tackles)

Redshirt: Alexy Jean-Baptiste, Giovanni LaFrance

Depth: Grant Morgan, Josh Harris

Cornerback (position not specified)

1. Henre' Toliver (60 tackles, 6 for-loss, 2 interception, 10 PBU)

2. Jared Collins (50 tackles, 1 for-loss, 2 interception, 10 PBU)

3. Kevin Richardson (45 tackles, 2 for-loss, 1 interception, 7 PBU)

4. DJ Dean (40 tackles, 4 for-loss, 5 PBU)

5. Ryan Pulley (15 tackles 3 PBU)

6. Byron Keaton (<10 tackles)

Free safety

1. Josh Liddell (60 tackles, 1 for-loss, 2 interceptions, 4 PBU)

2. De'Andre Coley (30 tackles, 2 for-loss, 2 PBU)

3. Reid Miller (<10 tackles)

Strong safety

1. Santos Ramirez (65 tackles, 3 for-loss, 2 PBU)

2. Coley

3. Nate Dalton (<10 tackles)

Placekicker

1. Cole Hedlund (60 XP, 12 FG)

2. Adam McFain (20 touchbacks)

Punter

1. Toby Baker (44-yard average, 20 inside 20)

Kick returner

1. Reed (24-yard average, 1 touchdown)

2. Mitchell (22-yard average)

Punt returner

1. Cornelius (14-yard average)

2. Dean (12-yard average)

Team Stats

Passing offense: 4th in SEC (245 yards per game)

Rushing offense: 7th in SEC (185 yards per game)

Passing defense: 9th in SEC (215 yards per game)

Rushing defense: 3rd in SEC (120 yards per game)

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