The Razorbacks have five student-athletes from Florida, and Coach Partridge also noted the emotions for those student-athletes heading home.
"Any chance you have to go play in your home state, I think there’s a personal side to getting ready for this game," Coach Partridge said. "We’ve just got to keep their emotions under control with Denver (Kirkland) getting his first start and certainly Alex (Collins) doing what he’s doing. I think all of the Florida guys are excited to go back home and play in that state."
Linebackers coach Randy Shannon is also from Florida and spoke about returning to his home state.
"It’s big; it’s fun," Coach Shannon said. "It’s an opportunity to play against a team that’s been known for its football in the state of Florida. But also the atmosphere and the crowd is unbelievable. It’s one of those games that’s going to be sold out. It’s a night game, so that makes it even tougher. It’s an opportunity to come back and bounce back and play a big-time opponent."
Coach Shannon also talked about the benefits to recruiting from traveling to Florida.
"It’s an opportunity that people in the state of Florida see Arkansas play, especially in the Northern part of Florida, and recruit that area and the type of kids to come in and be a part of Arkansas," Coach Shannon said.