Arkansas Casts Eyes On Ole Miss
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After two days off the Arkansas Razorbacks turned their attention to Ole Miss with a two-hour practice session on the outdoor practice fields Tuesday.
The Razorbacks (4-2, 1-2) were without the services of tailback Cedric Cobbs (hamstring) and De’Arrius Howard (ankle) who were both injured in Saturday’s loss to Florida.
Former tailback and current linebacker/defensive end Brandon Holmes worked in the offensive backfield as did receiver DeCori Birmingham.
“We’re working DeCori, Kyle Dickerson and Mark Pierce (at tailback) right now,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “We need a little insurance and Brandon has some experience. We wanted to get him some work. He remembers a few plays. He is a physical runner and has had some good games here.”
Overall, Nutt said he was pleased with the Hogs during Tuesday’s workout.
“The guys did a good job today,” Nutt said. “We’re a little banged up right now and we need some guys to step up for us. This is the time of the year when people are going to get banged up and you have to fight through it.”
Arkansas will face an Ole Miss team that is 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference. The Rebels have the league’s top aerial attack with quarterback Eli Manning who is averaging 303.9 yards per game.
The Rebels also boast a rushing attack that is third in the SEC with a 176.6 yards per game average.
The Razorbacks will counter with a defense that is 29th in the nation allowing 327.8 yards per game. Arkansas’ pass defense is 19th in the country with a 186.2 yards per game average.
“We’ve got to keep the ball away from their offense,” Nutt said. “They are an explosive team that can score from anywhere on the field.”
Arkansas and Ole Miss will kickoff at 6:15 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. The game will be televised by ESPN 2.
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