Hogs Continue Preparations for Crimson Tide; G
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Clear sunny skies provided the best weather for the Razorbacks this week as they continued to polish the game plan for Saturday’s Southeastern Conference game against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said the Razorbacks started Wednesday’s practice slowly, but picked up the pace to finish on a good note.
“The sun came out today for the first time in a couple of days,” Nutt said. “We were a little sluggish at first today, but we ended up with good effort and closed out strong. We have a lot to prepare for this weekend. Alabama is an athletic football team and they throw a lot at you.”
Nutt also commented on Crimson Tide signal caller Tyler Watts.
“Even though their offense has struggled at times, Tyler Watts is the kind of player that can make you miss. He is elusive,” Nutt said. “He is tough and has been running the option all of his life, so he understands what is happening on the football field.”
Defensively, Nutt said the work of scout team has helped prepare the Razorbacks the Alabama offensive attack. A pair of Razorback freshmen have earned the role of imitating Alabama quarterbacks Tyler Watts and Andrew Zow.
“(Quarterbacks) Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Jones have done an outstanding job running the scout team offense, trying to get our defense ready for the option,” Nutt said. “They are very athletic. Matt has great speed and Tarvaris makes good decisions throwing the ball, so they have been a good one-two punch.”
Offensively, Nutt commented on the preparation of quarterback Ryan Sorahan. Sorahan made his first collegiate start against Tennessee, but will see his first league road test this weekend.
“This will be Ryan’s first road game. We’ve been trying to prepare him for the 85,000 fans that will be at the game,” Nutt said. “It’s going to be loud and it will take a great deal of concentration from Ryan and his teammates.”
Arkansas (1-1, 0-1 SEC) and Alabama (1-1, 1-0 SEC) will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The game will be televised by CBS.
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