Hogs Excited as They Gear up for the Tigers
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For a second day the Razorbacks practiced outside in the cold weather in preparation for their last regular season game against the LSU Tigers. Practice took place inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium with full pads.
“We had a good day today, the guys ran around with a lot of enthusiasm,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “It’s what you play for. This is why you play a game like this. This is an exciting time for our players. They’re excited about this opportunity they have against this very good LSU team.”
With a win over LSU, Arkansas would win the Southeastern Conference Western Division title. Nutt and his staff have been trying to keep the team focused on the task ahead.
“It’s been pretty hard, because they’re excited about what’s at stake,” Nutt said. “You go by practice and the work ethic. These guys have been working hard at getting their assignments down, along with being sound fundamentally.
“All our coaches have talked about is playing the next game, trying to get to number nine,” Nutt said. “It’s a big game, but that’s why you come here. It’s to fight for a championship. We’re looking at it as a great opportunity for us and feel like we have a chance to win.”
Nutt also commented on the outlook of Ahmad Carroll playing on Friday after he suffered a concussion in Starkville, Miss., and who would fill in for the corner.
“It’s not very good,” Nutt said. “We’ll check again tomorrow with the neurologist. Eddie Jackson and Lawrence Richardson, those guys have been playing very well. When Batman went out in Starkville, they went in.”
Nutt and his Razorbacks will have to prepare for LSU’s wide receiver Michael Clayton with some different coverages in order to stop the Tiger offense and the leadership of linebacker Bradie James.
“(Clayton) is much faster,” Nutt said. “You just see so much separation. That’s the scariest thing about him. He creates separation in such a hurry; he can fly. You’ve got to give some respect there. In tight coverage he can get by you. We’ve got a full day and we’ve got to mix up some coverage on him.
“(James) is the heart and soul of that group,” Nutt said. “Those big defensive lineman, you can just tell he fires them up and he’ll go make plays. He’s their ringleader.”
Arkansas and LSU will face each other at 1:30 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark. The game will be nationally televised on CBS.
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