Arkansas Puts Finishing Touches On Game Plan F
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks spent an hour and a half on the practice fields Thursday polishing the game plan for Friday’s showdown against the third-ranked LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, La.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said the Razorbacks spent the afternoon working on various parts of the game plan including the two-minute offense.
“It was a good day of work,” Nutt said. “We had good focus and concentration. We did some good things on our special teams drills and on our two-minute drills.”
LSU’s Skyler Green leads the Southeastern Conference and the nation in punt return yardage, averaging 22.2 yards per return with two touchdowns. LSU punter Donnie Jones is fourth in the SEC and 26th in the NCAA with a 43.1 yards per kick average.
The Razorbacks also bring strong special teams play into Friday’s game. Punt returner Marvin Jackson is third in league and 21st in the nation averaging 12.6 yards per return with one touchdown.
Cedric Washington is also ranked among the league leaders in kickoff returns, with a 21.3 yards per return average.
Nutt said that while the Hogs are faced with a short week to prepare for the Tigers, the Razorbacks have made the most of practice time this week.
“We’ve got one extra day than we did for the Thursday night game against South Carolina,” Nutt said. “It’s a little cramped, but we do this every year. The main thing is recognizing the looks LSU likes to give. Our scout team has done a good job of getting us prepared.”
This Friday’s game will feature a pair of league-leading units. Arkansas leads the SEC in points per game, putting up 35.0 points per contest. LSU counters that with the top-ranked scoring defense in the country allowing just 9.4 points per game.
Arkansas (8-3, 3-3 SEC) and LSU (10-1, 5-1 SEC) will kickoff at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The game will be nationally televised by CBS.
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