FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- Arkansas's first-team defense has been consistently strong throughout spring practice and today at the Red-White game they were the highlight of the scrimmage only allowing 49 yards. Head Coach Bret Bielema was also impressed by the defense.
"Our defense all spring I thought has played extremely well," said Bielema. "They've tackled efficiently. They've done a lot of really good things day in and day out which tells me it's not a fluke they are trained they're are coached, they're responding and doing a lot of really good things."
Razorbacks first-team defense kept the offense on edge only allowing three first-downs and recorded five sacks, two of which came from defensive lineman Detarich Wise.
"We've been pretty much preaching and teaching d-line to play physical," said Wise. "Play aggressive, we want our guys to pretty much get more sacs and get more TFL's so everything we do is with that mindset and if we can all play together and play as one we can shut down any offense."
Luckily for the quarterbacks they were sporting green so that they could not get hit, but for opponents in the fall they won't be so lucky against the Hogs d-line.
"Those guys they can be one of the top defensive line's in the country," said starting QB Austin Allen. "I mean they got Detarich Wise out there who's 6'7 and is playing like he's 6'7 and I mean he's been the real deal for them all through out spring and I really feel like they are going to take a step forward for us next year."
Now when everybody thinks of the best defense in the SEC West usually Alabama, but it looks like this year Arkansas will give them a run for their money.