Razorback Report: Stromberg accepts all-star invitation, bowl projections

FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas center Ricky Stromberg has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine game according to the all-star game’s social media account.

Stromberg announced on Tuesday that he was forgoing his super senior season with the Razorbacks to concentrate on preparing for the NFL Draft. He will not play in the Razorbacks’ bowl game.

Stromberg, a native of Tulsa, started 44 of a possible 47 games during his four seasons as the anchor of the Arkansas offensive front.

The 6-4, 313-pounder, who had started 25 consecutive games, had considered early entry into the 2022 NFL Draft but opted to return for his senior season.

Stromberg’s 81.6 offensive grade, as rated by Pro Football Focus, is the highest among all SEC centers and it ranks fourth in the FBS.

Stromberg will join Arkansas receiver Jadon Haselwood at the East-West game, scheduled for Feb. 2 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Haselwood, a junior, declared early for the draft on Monday night.

Stromberg was one of 12 Razorbacks available to take a super senior season based on the NCAA’s allowance of an extra season due to the covid-19 season of 2020.

Bowl projections

The Razorbacks’ bowl projections have taken a decided turn to the south this week, with multiple outlets picking Arkansas to go bowling in Texas.

The Athletic is projecting the Razorbacks to play Texas Tech of the Big 12 in the Texas Bowl in Houston, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 28.

The Liberty Bowl has tracked the Razorbacks more in person than the Texas Bowl, but both postseason games are in the SEC’s “pool of six” bowls along with the Las Vegas Bowl, the Music City Bowl, the Gator Bowl and the ReliaQuest Bowl (formerly the Outback Bowl).

SI.com is also projecting a Texas Bowl appearance for the Razorbacks but against Oklahoma State. The Razorbacks and Cowboys will start a pair of two-game series in 2024 with a game at Oklahoma State on Sept. 7.

247Sports.com also has Arkansas headed to the Texas Bowl to face Oklahoma. The Hogs and Sooners, who will SEC opponents by 2025, have met three times in bowl games since their last regular-season game in 1926. Oklahoma owns a 2-1 edge in the bowl games, including a 10-3 win in the Cotton Bowl following the 2001 season.

CBSSports.com projects the Razorback to face Baylor of the Big 12 in the Liberty Bowl which is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Dec. 28 in Memphis.

Baker’s dozen

Coach Sam Pittman said Wednesday night that he expects the Razorbacks will get in about 13 practices prior to their bowl appearance, as long as it is not the Las Vegas Bowl, which is scheduled for Dec. 17.

Speaking on “Sam Pittman Live,” Pittman said the Razorbacks would start bowl practices on Dec. 9 and work in recruiting visits with practices the next couple of weekends.

Pittman said he has interviewed candidates for the vacant strength and conditioning job each night this week. One of them was former Arkansas fullback Kiero Small, now an…

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