Arkansas Turns Attention to Ole Miss
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas practiced for 90 minutes in full pads on Tuesday in preparation for its game against Ole Miss. The Razorbacks rebounded well from their loss to South Carolina over the weekend and head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with his team’s outlook.
“What I really love about this team is that as devastating a loss as it was, everyone has been down for about 48 hours and now it’s time to move on and I think it starts with the coaches,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “Today was a great attitude day and that’s what we’ve tried to stress since Sunday and it’s hard. When you get knocked down I was taught that you get back up and keep going. These guys had the right attitude today and they practiced with a purpose.”
No definite changes in the starting lineup on the defensive side have been made, but Nutt has been giving extra reps to junior transfer Randy Kelly and sophomore John Johnson. Kelly has 11 tackles for the year, while Johnson has seven.
“We’re looking at a lot of people, but as far as changes I still believe in what we’re doing,” Nutt said. “We’re looking at Randy Kelly and John Johnson. Some of those guys are getting a few more reps in practice and whether they start, we don’t know that. They’ve had a great attitude all year long and they’re physical. They deserve to get a few more reps and maybe try to get some more playing time.”
Nutt pointed out how well the team’s running game has been performing, but also stressed the importance of eliminating turnovers. Senior DeCori Birmingham is second on the team in rushing with 361 yards, while junior De’Arrius Howard is close behind with 346. Both are averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Freshman Peyton Hillis has racked up 99 yards on the ground.
“Any time you can run the ball it gives your offense a great feeling,” Nutt said. “You always feel like you can score 30 or more points when you’ve got the run going and that’s the way we felt on Saturday. That’s what this offense has done for most of the year, but we’ve got to eliminate turnovers and that’s the key. The offensive line has confidence to build off of and De’Arrius Howard, DeCori (Birmingham) and Peyton (Hillis) can all run the ball.”
The Hogs and Rebels will face each other on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m. It will be the last game played in Fayetteville, Ark., at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for the 2004 season and Jefferson-Pilot Sports will broadcast the match-up.
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