Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 11/14/14

Before the 2011 college football season started if you promised that Arkansas would be 7-1 going into the South Carolina game most Razorback fans would have been extremely happy.

Well Razorback fans guess what? You are 7-1 going into homecoming against No. 14 USC with a ranking of eighth in the nation. So why are Razorback fans reaching for the panic button?

After four-straight come from behind victories including back-to-back lackluster performances against Ole Miss and Vanderbilt Razorback fans are getting nervous. They want to know what’s wrong with the offense and why the defense is giving up so many yards every game.

The ugly truth is Arkansas is in the middle of an in-season rebuilding process. The bigger picture shows that the entire 2011 season could be construed as a rebuilding season for Arkansas. Injuries and departed players have affected the depth-chart greater than most fans realize.

Entering two-a-days the Razorbacks had 12 total starters returning from last season’s 10-3 team; five on offense and seven on defense. Included in the five starters slated to return on offense was All-SEC running back Knile Davis. Davis suffered an ankle injury in fall practices and has been declared out for the season.

When Davis was lost for the season the Hogs seemed to lose their team identity as well.

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