RIDE THE PINE
One year ago (almost to the day) the Southwestern Athletic Conference cancelled fall sports for the 2020 season. It was a bitter pill to swallow for an Arkansas-Pine Bluff team that had rebuilt itself after four straight years of never winning more than two games in a season.
Now they were a respectable team once again in the SWAC, thanks in large part to a dual-threat at quarterback in Skyler Perry. But the season was moved to the spring and the Golden Lions were within 22 yards of tying Alabama A&M for the conference title.
Now they're back and they're sitting near the top of the SWAC for the first time in a long time. Here's how the Hogs prevent an upset from their in-state FCS rival:
▶️ The Sky(ler)'s The Limit: Okay, that was bad. But you know what isn't bad? Having a quarterback who leads your team in passing and rushing. He was responsible for all but two of the Golden Lions' touchdowns last season. He accounted for nearly 80% of the offense. If Arkansas-Pine Bluff succeed this fall against the Razorbacks, it'll be on the arm (and legs) of Perry.
▶️ Three Lions: All three of the Golden Lions' top receivers—Josh Wilkes, Harry Ballard III, and Tyrin Ralph— are returning for the upcoming season. And don't be fooled into thinking this is some kind of dink-and-dunk offense. All three of these guys averaged at least 12.8 yards per catch last season.
▶️ Win The Trenches: Arkansas-Pine Bluff had more sacks and allowed fewer sacks than any other team in the SWAC last season. Some of that is due to Skyler Perry's mobility, sure, but this is a well-rounded team with talent at nearly every position—including both their lines.
SEC Media Days is scheduled to start on Monday, July 19th. Leading up to the event, we'll be breaking down all 12 of the team's opponents in 2021. Up tomorrow? Mississippi State!