Arkansas Football: Bret Bielema speaks on offensive transition

Bret Bielema talks about transition of Arkansas offense

5/27/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Bret Bielema is taking over an Arkansas offense that has used a completely different philosophy than that of Wisconsin's, utilizing the passing game rather than a stout ground attack.Blog Photo - Arkansas Football: Bret Bielema speaks on offensive transition

From 2008-12, the Razorbacks threw for 15,710 yards (3,927.5 per season) and had two of the best quarterbacks in the game. Now they are focusing on the backfield and have major questions under center.

"I think it's going to be a little of a transition, no doubt," Bielema said on SirusXM College Sports Nation. "One thing that excited me a great deal when I got here was to see they have over 20 seniors, who wanted to be great. They've been through some transition and some turmoil, but survived it, championed the moment."

That might be putting it lightly. Arkansas is currently going through a lifestyle change under the first few months of Bielema's tenure.

In 2012, Wisconsin was No. 17 in the nation with 45.3 rushing attempts per game. The Razorbacks finished No. 117 with 30.5. Arkansas ended No. 25 with 38.3 passing attempts per game, while the Badgers placed No. 118 with 20.8 attempts.

But Bielema doesn't expect to change everything—at least not right away.

"We're not going to be able to jump to the point I left at Wisconsin," he said. "It's going to be a different offensive philosophy, a little bit different defensively. We're going to take a little while to mold in. But I'm very, very excited about what we walked in to.
 
"I know this, when we play teams on Saturday, I want them to feel it on Saturday, a little bit on Sunday, maybe Monday and a little bit on Tuesday. We'll play physical. We'll play with the stature that we like and see how many wins we can get."

Last season, Arkansas averaged 3.9 yards per carry and struggled to find consistency on the ground against the brutality of what is an SEC defensive front seven. Wisconsin cruised to 5.2 yards per carry in a run-heavy Big Ten.

Whether it carries on to Fayetteville has yet to be determined.


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