We are nearing 100 days until the first SEC kickoff, so we’ve officially hit the “speculation season” where we guess who’s going to have a Heisman season or a breakout season or bust out completely.
Corey Long writes - On the topic of incoming freshmen it remains a bit of a crap shoot. The overexposure of the recruiting process has made many incoming freshmen stars before they step on the field and also given fans unrealistic expectations. It doesn’t hurt that two of the past four Heisman Trophy winners were redshirt freshman quarterbacks, so in some cases the high expectations work out.
Devwah Whaley, RB, Arkansas — When in doubt, go with a running back from a Bret Bielema-coached team. With Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams off to the NFL, there isn’t much experience in the backfield outside of oft-injured sixth-year senior Kody Walker. Walker isn’t the speed threat that Rawleigh Williams or Whaley is, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Williams and Whaley splitting carries and both posting good numbers.
Whaley has the tools you want in a running back. He has good size at 5-11, 215 pounds. He’s tough enough to run between the tackles and fast enough to break a run to the outside. Whaley also embraces contact so if he can get the pass protection assignments down in training camp he should get plenty of opportunities.