FAYETTEVILLE -The University of Arkansas football team’s assistant coaches met with the media Sunday to discuss the game week in preparation for Texas A&M. Assistant head coach and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge opened with comments on the team’s state.
"I’m encouraged because they’re hurt," Coach Partridge said. "I would have been disappointed if I saw anything else. Very quiet, very solemn. I think [this is] a group that wants to learn what went wrong, what do we have to do to fix it, and then get themselves ready to play Texas A&M."
Coach Patridge spoke about planning Sam Irwin-Hill’s rugby punt fake on Saturday.
"It was really a team effort between Coach Bielema, he was the lead on that without a shadow of a doubt," Coach Partridge said. "Certainly it was a team effort as the week went on to tweak it and get it to a point where we felt good about calling it."
Wide receivers coach Michael Smith talked about his squad responding to quarterback AJ Derby."They were fine," Coach Smith said. "There were some details in our route running that I wasn’t happy about. We didn’t play a perfect game, and that’s what we’re always looking for. But I thought they adjusted to AJ fine. AJ adjusted to us fine. He made some throws there Saturday that gave us an opportunity to make plays."
Coach Smith also talked about the team’s outlook heading into Saturday.
"The great thing is that we’ve got an opportunity, a great challenge in front of us," Coach Smith said. "You’ve got the No. 9 team coming into your backyard. You can’t ask for anything more than that except No. 8-1. It’s an opportunity for our kids to go out and show that they’ve matured and that they know how to handle a loss."
Kickoff for Saturday’s sold-out SEC opener against Texas A&M inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
Single-game tickets for the South Carolina and Auburn games in Fayetteville and the Mississippi State 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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