Arkansas Ends Preparations for Florida
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 11th-ranked Razorbacks wrapped up preparations to face Florida on Thursday with practice that lasted one hour and 15 minutes. Arkansas used their final practice to concentrate on containing Gator quarterback Chris Leak and eliminating his picks. The Hogs also worked at improving their speed on the offensive side of the ball.
“We had good mental concentration today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nut said. “We covered a lot of different situations with two-minute drills, goal line and their different personnel groupings with four and five wideouts. They throw a lot out at you and with a mobile quarterback you want to stay with those receivers even when he scrabbles, because that’s when he’s very, very good. He’s a lot like Matt (Jones). We’ve got our work cut out for us in that area. Defensively they’re very athletic, so you want to execute, know who to block and play fast. That was our whole intent all week was to play fast.”
UF tight end Ben Troupe has had 22 catches this season and creates a threat to the Razorback defense. Arkansas will have to worry about guarding him, as well as stopping their running game.
“He’s very dangerous if you let him,” Nutt said. “He’s got great size and hands. Any time you see him catch it he’s either hurdling or running over someone. He’s 6-6 and a tremendous weapon. He’ll go down the middle on you. They’ll stretch you horizontally and vertically. You’ve got to stop him, but the main thing is you’ve got to stop the run and don’t give up the big plays.”
After resting injuries during the week senior cornerback Lawrence Richardson and sophomore tight end Jared Hicks will be included in the game plan for Saturday.
“They’re (Lawrence Richardson and Jared Hicks) going to be fine and play,” Nutt said. “I don’t know if they’re going to start, but they’ll play.”
Arkansas and Florida will face each other on the field in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Oct. 18. Kickoff for the Southeastern Conference match-up is at 2:30 p.m., with CBS televising the game nationally.
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