FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team practiced Tuesday inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in preparation for Saturday’s 6 p.m. Homecoming game against Vanderbilt. The Razorbacks, ranked 19th in the AP poll, hold a 5-2 (2-2, SEC) record against the visiting Commodores, who are 2-5 (1-3, SEC) record. UA is off to its best start under head coach Bobby Petrino and has its best mark after seven games since 2006.
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach McGee admitted that the Vanderbilt defense is a unit to watch carefully.
"They are well coached, they play hard," Coach McGee said. "Whenever a team has two good corners, it allows you to do a lot of things pressure-wise because you can play man coverage."
Coach McGee went on to comment on the solid play this season by Commodore linebacker Chris Marve.
"They’ve got a really good, experienced MIKE linebacker," Coach McGee said. "I talked to (Northwestern head coach) Pat Fitzgerald. They played them earlier in the season. He said ‘that MIKE linebacker is the best you’re going to play all year.’ You could see it on the video. I’ve got a lot of respect for them. They’ve got one of their captains at defensive tackle coming back this weekend. We’ve got a lot of respect for Vandy."
Coach McGee was pleased with the team’s effort in the afternoon drill session, commenting on the wide receiver unit’s depth.
"I do know that Lance Ray did a really good job today," Coach McGee said. "Julian Horton is another kid that we’ve been really high on."
The Arkansas-Vanderbilt game will air on FSN. For more information on Razorback football, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.