FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team’s assistant coaches met with the media Sunday following the Razorbacks’ 24-3 win over Southern Miss inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday. Assistant head coach and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge opened with comments on Trey Flowers’ interception against Southern Miss.
"It was great, wasn’t it?" Coach Partridge said. "It was a great interception. It was a great way to start the game with a third down interception and put our offense in position to score. I’m proud of the way he came back out, and he’s feeling good."
Coach Partridge also spoke about the individual play of Chris Smith, who recorded a career-high three sacks last Saturday and is tied for first in the NCAA for sacks.
"I’m proud of the way that Chris changed up his pass rush within the course of the game," Coach Partridge said. "One was speed one time, he countered back inside one time. He’s changing things up which makes him a very dangerous football player. Hopefully we can build from there.
"I’m very excited for him. I just hope that he builds off of that and this trend continues. The fun thing is now he’s watching film already on Rutgers right now. He’s already starting to study their offensive tackles. He’s learned how to put together a game plan against one guy, and hopefully that will lead to more success."
Running backs coach Joel Thomas spoke about adjusting to Southern Miss’s game plan last Saturday.
"Obviously they had their ears pinned back," Coach Thomas said. "They knew that we wanted to run the ball. For the most part, they were trying to get a couple stops here and there to try to create some edges, to allow their d-line to get up field a little bit. For the most part, they had a nice game plan, and as the game went on we adjusted and made some adjustments to get the ball going a little more vertical. The kids responded and did a nice job."
Coach Thomas addressed the success that his running backs are having on the field.
"The stats, they’re nice to look at and everything," Coach Thomas said. "Ultimately though, when we walk out of that stadium it’s a matter of if we won the game or not. If we happen to go for 50 each, so be it. Get that win. That’s ultimately the most important thing."
Coach Thomas also talked about Alex Collins, who became the first freshman in SEC history to begin his career with three straight 100-yard rushing games.
"In the history of this conference that it’s never been done before is pretty neat," Coach Thomas said. "That’s something that I think once the season’s over, then we’ll kind of really bask in the glory of that. I think right now we’re in the moment and it’s on to Rutgers. It’s been nice that Alex has come out and produced. Going into camp, you don’t know until you put the pads on. Then you really don’t know until you get out there on Saturday and let the kids go play."
Kickoff for Saturday’s game at Rutgers is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN.
Single-game tickets for the remaining three home games in Fayetteville and the season’s final home game in Little Rock on Nov. 23 are on sale. Single-game tickets can be purchased at ArkansasRazorbacks.com, at the Razorback Ticket Center or by calling 800-982-HOGS (4647). Additionally, tickets for the Little Rock game can be purchased at the War Memorial Stadium Ticket Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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