No. 9 Arkansas Finalizes Game Plan For Alabama
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Special teams and goal line drills were the order for the day as the ninth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks wrapped up preparations for this Saturday’s meeting against the Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.
The game will aired nationally by CBS and is slated for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
“We worked a lot on special teams today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “They have (tailback) Shaud Williams returning punts and we all know how dangerous he is when he has the ball. His name always sticks out.
“We also got a lot of work in on field goal, PAT protection and punt return and punt blocks. Special teams are always so important in games like this.”
Williams is currently averaging 11.2 yards per punt return, seventh-best in the Southeastern Conference. Williams is also ranked second in the league in scoring, averaging 10.5 points per game. He has scored seven touchdowns in four games, including one on a punt return.
“They have not jumped out at you since it’s so early in the season,” Nutt said. “But you know they are explosive and can make plays. You know they are going to be good because they have speed.”
As a team, Alabama is averaging 24.0 points per game and 388.2 yards per game. The Razorbacks bring a defense into Saturday’s match-up that is giving up 16.0 points per game, the sixth-lowest total in the SEC, and 298.0 yards per game.
Arkansas brings the fourth-ranked scoring offense in the league into the game against Alabama. The Razorbacks are averaging 38.0 points per game and feature the top-ranked rushing attack in the league. Arkansas has averaged 234.0 yards per game, which is eighth best nationally.
Alabama leads the series history by an 8-5 edge and has won the last two meetings. The Razorbacks, however, are 3-2 against the Tide in Tuscaloosa.
Arkansas is 3-0 on the season, while Alabama is 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the SEC after defeating Kentucky 27-17 in Tuscaloosa earlier this year.
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