Arkansas Continues Work For Gamecocks; Hogs Fo
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks spent an hour and a half on the practice fields in chilly conditions working on the game plan for this Saturday’s game against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said the Razorbacks will look to contain South Carolina quarterback Corey Jenkins.
Jenkins is averaging 68.0 yards rushing per game this season, ranking him 10th overall in the Southeastern Conference and 68th nationally. Jenkins is also throwing for 139.4 yards per game, placing him ninth among SEC quarterbacks.
“South Carolina does a lot of different things to get Jenkins the ball,” Nutt said. “He’s a good runner. They use him in the option, power plays and isolations. Getting ready to face him is a full-time job. Plus, they have some very good tailbacks that run the ball well. It will be a challenge for our defense.”
Fullback Andrew Pinnock is second on the Gamecock squad in rushing, averaging 48.8 yards per contest. Pinnock and Jenkins have each scored four touchdowns to lead all South Carolina rushers.
“This will be a big game for South Carolina,” Nutt added. “This will be the last time their seniors will play at home and I’m sure they will use that to get ready for the game. It will be an emotional day for them and I’m sure they will be ready to play.”
Nutt added the Razorbacks must maintain strong focus and concentration against the Gamecocks and eliminate turnovers.
“We’ve talked to our guys about keeping the kind of road focus this weekend we have had in other games,” Nutt said. “We have had some success on the road this year and we need to continue that. Our special teams need to play well and stopping the run will be key.”
Arkansas and South Carolina kickoff at 11:30 a.m. CT this Saturday. The game will be televised regionally by Jefferson Pilot.
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