Arkansas Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney on practices this week: “I thought we had solid days. Every day, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday all the kids, they did right. Sure on Tuesdays you always have your share of mistakes as you implement some new stuff, but we got that corrected on Wednesday and I thought Wednesday was good. Today was solid. They are ready to go play. I think they’re excited about getting the opportunity to go down there and play in a big place and play A&M, a good football team. Excited about watching them play.”
Chaney on Texas A&M’s defense: “They appear to be tackling pretty well. I think the back half is tackling good. They’re solid everywhere. It’s hard to find those glaring holes that you can look for. I think Terry (Joseph) has done a good job on their back half and I just think they’re doing a nice job playing defense. They’re playing with a lot of confidence. Statistically they are doing some nice things. Comparing them to last year is tough, every team is difficult to say on that.”
Chaney on what Arkansas needs to do to win: “We have to hold on to the ball. We can’t give them another possession. We have to secure the football, without a question when we get it, we’ve got to score as often as we possibly can and be as efficient as we possibly can doing what we do.”
Arkansas Defensive coordinator Robb Smith on Texas A&M’s offense: “I think they are an impressive offense. It starts with their quarterback, I think he’s made great decisions for them thus far this season. He spreads the ball around, they’ve got a good running game as well. Really impressed with their offensive line. We have our work cut out for us and we have to show up and we have to play our style of game.”
Smith on what Arkansas needs to do to win: “I think the biggest thing is we have to limit big plays. They go so fast, I think it’s the best in the SEC at 20.5 seconds per play. They itch to go fast, they hit big plays. Their scoring drives are six plays. Our goal is we have to make them drive the field. We have to limit big plays, we have to tackle in space and find a way to create some takeaways and give our offense an extra possession or two. If we can do those things I think we’ll like the results come Sunday morning.”
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