FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas football team split time between the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion and the practice fields located south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Wednesday as it prepared for its next game against the University of North Texas. Head coach Houston Nutt is stressing the importance of paying attention to details to the Razorbacks.
“(We) really emphasized taking care of the ball today. We had too many balls on the ground and stopped ourselves offensively,” Nutt said. “We emphasized the little things, whether it is carrying out a fake, protecting the ball or running a route. Whatever it is, you have to win on every play.”
The Razorbacks are continuing to fine tune their defense to get ready for a North Texas team that likes to throw the ball, but also has a reliable running game. Nutt said his players will have to be ready to stop both.
“(North Texas does) a good job on their four-wideout, five-wideout (formations), spreading the field and going to their guys,” Nutt said. “Of course, they had the leading rusher in the nation last year, so you always have to be able to stop the run.”
The Arkansas wide receivers continue to work to boost the passing game for the Hogs. Nutt has been happy with the efforts of the receiving unit and looks forward to their contributions on game day.
“I really like the way London Crawford has worked. He’s had a great week,” Nutt said. “Reggie Fish (and) Carlton Salters have stepped up. Chris Baker has stepped up. (The) tight ends have looked good—Andrew Davie, Lance Thompson, D.J. Williams. They have to do it now on Saturday.”
After facing Southeastern Conference opponents the past two weeks, Arkansas is taking a break from conference play as they face North Texas on Saturday and Chattanooga on Oct. 6 in Little Rock. Regardless of the opposition, Nutt said each game is as crucial as the next.
“Every game is important and we try to win every one of them, and this is the next one,” Nutt said. “We have to win this one. Every game on your schedule is important, but this is the most important one (because) it’s the next one.”
The Razorbacks are scheduled to take part in their final practice of the week Thursday before Saturday’s home game against North Texas. The game is set for a 6 p.m. CT kickoff. Log on to www.hogwired.com for more news about Arkansas football.