FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team began its postseason practices Monday in preparation for the first BCS appearance in school history at the 77th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl against Ohio State. The Razorbacks, ranked 8th in the final regular season AP poll, bring a 10-2 (6-2, SEC) record against the Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten), who were tri-Big Ten Conference champions. The Razorbacks won six Southeastern Conference games for the fourth time in program history.
After the initial drills of Arkansas’ bowl practice schedule, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee commented on the Razorback squad’s first BCS bowl bid.
"It means a lot," Coach McGee said. "We are excited about it. I’m proud of this team. They really stuck together. They went out and did exactly what we wanted. We wanted to get tougher. We wanted to be able to go out on the road into hostile environments and win tough games."
Arkansas enters the college football bowl season with one of the most dynamic offenses in the country. UA is the only team in the NCAA with a quarterback (Ryan Mallett) who’s passed for 3,000 yards, a running back (Knile Davis) who’s rushed for 1,000 yards and five receivers (Joe Adams, Greg Childs, Cobi Hamilton, D.J. Williams and Jarius Wright) who have at least 500 receiving yards.
Coach McGee previewed the upcoming Razorback-Buckeye matchup, noting that OSU isn’t a team to take lightly.
"I coached in the Big Ten for four years," Coach McGee said. "I know exactly about the speed, the athleticism and the attention to detail that the Ohio State Buckeyes bring to the table."
The UA-OSU game will air on ESPN on Jan. 4, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. For more information on Arkansas football, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.