By Otis Kirk
Junior safety Kamren Curl returns to lead the Arkansas secondary and according to Pro Football Focus he is among the elite at his position in the SEC.
PFF tweeted out this chart as far as forced incompletion percentages with a minimum of 20 targets.
Grant Delpit was all over opposing receivers last season and forced incomplete passes at a HIGH rate. pic.twitter.com/c8ohI5LvOw
— PFF College (@PFF_College) June 6, 2019
Curl’s percentage was 17.9 percent which was second in the SEC to LSU’s Grant Delpit at 19.1 percent. Alabama’s Xavier McKinney was third with 15.4 percent.
What is incredible about Curl’s performance is he was doing that as a true sophomore and having never played safety in college. He played cornerback as a true freshman starting 11 games. He came in the season opener when Ryan Pulley was injured just before halftime and lost for the season. Curl replaced Pulley the remainder of the 2017 season.
Curl was highly recruited out of Muskogee (Okla.) High School. Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and his staff won a recruiting battle against Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas, TCU, Nebraska, Houston, Washington State, Illinois and others.
As a senior in high school, Curl had 89 tackles, six pass breakups and three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) on defense. He added 46 receptions for 533 yards and six touchdowns on offense.