Arkansas Begins Preparations for Georgia
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Cool sunny weather greeted the Arkansas Razorbacks’ return to the practice field Tuesday as the Hogs began working on the game plan for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said the Razorbacks will be in for a challenge against the Georgia defense.
“Georgia has one of the toughest defenses that we will face this year,” Nutt said. “Their defensive line is very similar to Tennessee’s. Georgia’s linebackers are probably better because they have a little more experience with Will Witherspoon and some of those guys. They are very good.”
Offensively, Nutt said the Bulldogs present a variety of formations and will test the UA defense, which is ranked fourth in the nation against the pass giving up 103 yards per game.
“They have a wide open offense, a lot like Florida State,” Nutt said. “They run a lot of three and four wide receiver sets. They also mix in the screens and draws. They really try to stretch the field and spread the defense out.”
The Bulldogs enter Saturday’s contest ranked third in the Southeastern Conference and 23rd nationally in passing offense averaging 277.5 yards per game. Georgia is ranked fifth in the conference in rushing offense with a 162.5 yards per game average.
Offensively for the Razorbacks, tailback Cedric Cobbs and quarterback Ryan Sorahan were held out of practice Tuesday.
“Cedric stretched his hamstring during sprints on Sunday and we will know more about his condition tomorrow,” Nutt said. “Ryan was very sore after his back injury Saturday and we will evaluate his progress tomorrow as well.”
The Razorbacks and Bulldogs will meet for just the second time ever in Athens this Saturday in a game televised nationally by ESPN 2. Kickoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. CT. Arkansas enters with a record of 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the conference, while the Bulldogs stand at 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the SEC.
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