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Jonathan Williams, Alex Collins surpass 100 yards once again


With a soft early schedule, it's been easy to dismiss 100-yard rushing performances at Arkansas on a given Saturday.

But what about three Saturdays in a row?

The Razorbacks' rushing tandem of Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins blistered Southern Miss on the ground Saturday for 118 and 115 yards, respectively, marking the third-straight 100-yard game for both since the start of the season.

A quick look at the performances of each this season:

vs. Louisiana: Williams rushed 18 times for 151 yards and a touchdown, while Collins rushed 21 for 131.

vs. Samford: Williams ran 17 times for 126 yards and a touchdown; Collins rushed 24 times for 172 and a score.

vs. Southern Miss: Williams ran for 116 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown, and Collins rushed 25 for 115 and a score.

Weak opponents or not, that kind of consistency is indicative of legitimate talent in the backfield, along with an offensive line that has been very cohesive given complete turnover on the coaching staff. Williams is a sophomore who picked up over 200 rushing and 200 receiving yards as a true freshman for lame-duck interim coach John L. Smith last year. Collins is a true freshman.

Just how much does this rushing attack tilt downhill? Consider that Williams and Collins' gross yardage and net yardage this season are just seven yards apart (818-811). The significance? Only seven yards lost rushing between the two of them. That can only mean there has been almost no backfield penetration coming through the Hogs' offensive front.

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