There is a strong chance that when Arkansas kicks off the 2020 football season, the Razorbacks will start three interior offensive linemen all from the Class of 2019. The starters haven’t been named yet, but new head coach Sam Pittman and his staff are expected to make those decisions by Wednesday. Watch action footage from Monday’s practice above, and check out several recent photos from practice below.
Sophomore center Ricky Stromberg, 6-4, 311, started 11 of last season’s 12 games at right guard but is expected to be the starting center this season. Redshirt freshman Brady Latham, 6-5, 296, saw action in three games in 2019 but held on to his redshirt, as did redshirt freshman Beaux Limmer, 6-5, 305.
“It’s been real fun. Me, Brady and Ricky, all three of us are all real good friends,” Limmer said following Monday’s practice. “We all came in together, so we kind of bonded especially the first summer we were here, so it’s been real fun alongside them. Real good bond between all of three of us when we’re out there. Communication is always really good. We’re just in sync with each other.”
Stromberg added some good weight for this season after playing at roughly 276 pounds last season, adding 35 pounds. The previous staff really liked Latham’s potential and said he just needed more strength. Pittman appreciate’s Latham’s understanding of leverage and his football intelligence and says the size will come in time. Limmer has also added good weight and is arguably the strongest player on the offensive side of the football, only behind redshirt senior defensive tackle Jonathan Marshall on the whole team. Limmer can bench press 430 pounds, squat 565 and power clean 325.
“Me and Jon Marshall, we’re pretty neck and neck,” Limmer said. “I think he’s probably got me on squats but everything else we’re really close. Back in the summer, we were always having a little friendly competition in the weight room. We stay together pretty well.”
Last Wednesday on the Sam Pittman Live radio show, the head Hog said Latham leads the team in fights. He also said last Tuesday that Latham is one of the team’s five best offensive linemen, and they were working to find his spot. Latham has lined up everywhere but center, so far. Both he and Stromberg are developing a reputation for firing off the ball with purpose.
“He’s got a mean streak, for sure,” Limmer said. “He likes to come off the ball and hit people really hard and also Ricky. I really like double-teaming with Ricky because he’ll come off and put a shoulder on him and we get some pretty good double teams in there.
“Brady’s definitely calmed it down a little bit from last fall camp. Last fall camp, he got in a lot of fights. This year, no, he has gotten in a couple, but it’s not as much. But that’s just a testament to his physicality and to his, I’d say, to his toughness, I think is the word. Just how aggressive he is, you know? He’s running off the ball. He’s running as hard as he can, and some people don’t like that, so they’ll get a little mad, and he’ll get in a little fight or whatever. But at the end of the day, we’re a teammates. It’s just football, and we’re still a team at the end of the day.”
Senior Myron Cunningham, 6-7, 325, is the projected starter at left tackle. He’s also a part of the 2019 recruiting class, though he came out of junior college. At right tackle, the battle is ongoing between redshirt junior Dalton Wagner and redshirt sophomore Noah Gatlin. Wagner was taking the first team reps there on Monday. If Wagner wins the starting job, he’ll be the only starter who was recruited by former offensive line coach Kurt Anderson, who served under Bret Bielema from 2016-17 after Pittman left for the same position at Georgia.