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Next to all the new ways of doing things under first-year head coach Chad Morris, the biggest storyline of the spring will be Arkansas' wide-open quarterback competition.

Morris can recruit well on defense and get some playmakers on offense, but it is most likely his success rate at Arkansas will be defined by quarterback play. The last time there was a 'wide-open' quarterback battle, former coach Bret Bielema named Austin Allen the starter just two weeks into 2016 spring drills.

This battle is expected to go a lot longer, likely a couple/few weeks into preseason camp in August when true freshmen Connor Noland and John Stephen Jones join the mix.


The ratings below are largely based on the old NCAA College Football franchise from EA Sports, which is no longer in production. All the quarterbacks' 'awareness' levels are relatively low since they are coming into a brand new offense. Much like the game, 'awareness' is the area that improves the fastest while improvement in throwing power is slower to progress.

Obviously the less a player has played or been with the Razorbacks, the more difficult it is to accurately rate them. In essence, this is for entertainment purposes:


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