Arkansas Continues Prep Work for Kentucky with
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks (4-3, 1-3) continued to prepare for their fifth conference match up of the season, the Kentucky Wildcats (4-4, 1-3), on the practice fields behind Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for 90 minutes. Today Arkansas welcomed the returned help of tailbacks Cedric Cobbs and De’Arrius Howard, and fortunately improvement can be seen in each of their conditions.
“Cedric Cobbs was out today and De’Arrius went again today and was a little bit better,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “Cedric is not at full speed, but it was good to see him out at practice and see him go through some run polish and handling the ball. Dean Weber has done a great job with guys like Jimarr, but the hamstring is a little tougher. It’s much better than we’d thought it’d be today, so that’s positive. We’ve got to keep getting better. Lerinezo Robinson is also a lot better and that really helps. So we had a good practice today.”
Kentucky is known for their blitz package and the Hog offense worked at anticipating the different coverages. Nutt emphasized the importance of maintaining an excellent running game in order to overcome the Wildcat defense.
“They have a really good scheme under former professional coaches: Coach Brooks and Coach Archer was also a coach at LSU and the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Nutt said. “They’re in a 50 front and they do a good job of really rocking the front. Blitzing outside linebackers and strong safety types to give you the perception of the blitz falling out of it. They do a good job of mixing up coverages. We’ve got to do a great job in the running game. That’s when we’ve been good and been able to control the football and the clock. It helps everything, because it opens up the passing game to the tight end, the backs and receivers. You’ve got to have balance, otherwise they just pin their ears back and here they come.”
Arkansas and Kentucky will hit the field in Lexington, Ky., on November 1. ESPN2 is televising the game with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
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