FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On the first Monday night practice where temperatures have dipped into the 60s, the Razorbacks began to prepare for this weekend’s SEC match up against Alabama.
“We had a really good, crisp Monday night,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “Everybody bounced around and was very focused.”
Nutt expressed his thoughts on Alabama after watching film prior to the evening practice.
“Alabama is a good football team,” Nutt said. “They have tremendous athletes that can run. Their defense is extremely fast and strong. The strongest part of their defense is in the front line. Their linebackers are young but extremely fast.”
Emphasis was also given to the offensive and running back Shawn Alexander.
“Offensively, Everything is built around Shawn Alexander as everybody knows,” Nutt said. “He is a great back and you can see why they are talking about the Heisman with him. He runs a lot harder than he did last year. He can go for one or two yards or he can go for 47 yards.
Quarterback Andrew Zow is someone whom the defense is keying in on.
“The difference between this year and last is Andrew Zow,” Nutt explains. “Zow is a play maker. When you think that you have everyone covered, he could take of running. It is a defensive coordinator’s nightmare when someone has that kind of abilities. We have our work cut out for us, this is a great challenge and we are looking forward to the SEC.”
With quarterback Clint Stoerner not practicing, Coach Nutt spoke positively on his two back-up quarterbacks.
“The quarterbacks looked real good and real sharp tonight,” Nutt said. “Of course this is the first time that No. 14 wasn’t out here to practice, so it is a different since of urgency. Robby threw the ball exceptionally well, and Gary threw some good balls. ”
The Razorbacks will be in Tuscaloosa, Ala. this weekend for their conference opener with Alabama. The game can be seen on CBS at 2:30 p.m. CST.