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Hogs’ Wide Receiver ‘Committee’ Approach Working

Just two games into season, Razorbacks spreading receptions around
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas' "approach by committee" is working well.

Razorbacks coach Sam Pittman wants even more to be involved, though.

"You know how I like this group," he said earlier this week as the Hogs get ready to play Missouri State on Saturday.

Jadon Haselwood leads the Razorbacks with eight catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. Matt Landers is next with seven for 88 yards while Warren Thompson has five receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown. Ketron Jackson and Malik Hornsby each have caught one pass.

Jadon Haselwood-South Carolina

We haven't gotten to see redshirt freshmen Bryce Stephens and Jaedon Wilson or true freshmen Isaiah Sategna, Quincey McAdoo and Sam Mbake.

The opportunities haven't been there.

"Those guys are good players but we just haven’t had the situations really right yet," Pittman said. "I would have no problem putting them in the game, but the situation hasn’t quite been there yet where we were able to do that."

The numbers are spread out. Last season, Treylon Burks had nearly a third of the catches (66) of the whole team (205). Combined with Tyson Morris' 24 catches, nearly half of all receptions had to be replaced.

Haselwood was expected to be a big part and he's made some of the biggest catches.

"He’s having a good time," Pittman said about him. "He’s not afraid to say his opinion, which helps the football team. He’s not afraid to lead.

"He brings a lot of confidence. He’s never down. I like everything about him. He’s tough and physical, a good player. I hope he’s having fun because I’m having fun because he’s on the team."

Matt Landers-South Carolina

Landers has shown since transferring from Toledo that he's a dependable receiver.

"He’s a very quiet and business like personality," Pittman said. “A mature guy. I didn’t know him quite as well, obviously wasn’t his position coach when I was at Georgia. But I knew that he was fast and was a good person. But our relationship has grown since he’s been here."

But make no mistake, though, this is a team that's going to rely on the running game. Two games is not enough of a data size to make any projections, but the early data points point to a heavier ground game.

At some point, though, they are going to have to throw the ball.

Pittman just hopes there are more options.

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