Arkansas Gears Up For Mississippi State
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks spent nearly two hours on the outdoor practice fields working the game plan for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt met with members of the media following Tuesday’s workout.
“We worked as a team to get used to game speed today,” Nutt said. “We have a big chore ahead of us in tackling a big, fast back. He’s almost at 1,000 yards for the season.”
Mississippi State running back Jerious Norwood is third in the Southeastern Conference and 24th nationally in rushing yards per game, with a 101.9 average. Norwood has 917 yards on 161 carries this season with six touchdowns.
“They are playing with a lot of confidence right now,” Nutt said of the Bulldogs’ offense. “They are doing a good job of moving the ball.”
Despite a 3-6 overall record and 2-4 mark in SEC play, Nutt said the Bulldogs have made significant strides over the course of the season.
“I don’t think you can look at their season by picking out a single game,” Nutt said. “If you look at their first four or five games and then look at their last four games, it’s a different team. They are starting to believe. They are playing with more enthusiasm and confidence. It’s two different clubs from mid year on.”
Mississippi State enters this weekend’s game having won two of its last three outings, including a 38-31 win over the Florida Gators.
Arkansas has won five straight over the Bulldogs and leads the series with a 8-5-1 record. The Razorbacks cruised to a 52-6 victory over Mississippi State last season.
Saturday’s game is slated for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff, but will not be televised.
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