HOOVER, Ala. -- Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has a proven formula that works when it comes to running the football.
Bielema had a lot of success when he was coaching Wisconsin, producing big-time runners such as P.J. Hill, John Clay, Montee Ball, James White and Melvin Gordon. The blueprint he developed with the Badgers has since been moved to Arkansas and the Razorbacks have found a ton of success in the ground game as a result.
A year ago, Jonathan Williams ran for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns with Alex Collins going for 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns.
"The brand of football we play with I think is tough to get ready for," Williams said. "It's kind of rare to see now. You see those four receivers and spread offenses. To be able to get ready for a physical, downhill football team is pretty difficult in a week."
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Williams believes the Razorbacks, in year three of Bielema's system, are ready to start putting up the kind of numbers his Wisconsin teams posted. In 2012, Bielema's last year at Wisconsin, the Badgers totaled 3,345 rushing yards, with Ball (1,830), White (806) and Gordon (621) doing the heavy lifting. Williams thinks the Arkansas runners are on a path to match that kind of output.
"[Bielema] has a formula he puts in place," Williams said. "He recruits guys that are going to feed into what he's preaching. With the guys we have now, we're definitely doing that."