Razorbacks Back at Work Preparing for No. 17 A
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks returned to the practice fields Sunday after their first off weekend of the season.
The Hogs spent an hour working on team and individual drills in preparation for next Saturday’s Southeastern Conference match-up against Western Division leader Auburn.
“We got after it pretty good after having a couple of days off,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “Everybody seemed happy to be back on the football field and I think we have gotten off to a good start this week.”
Nutt said the Razorbacks will need a solid defense performance against the Tigers who enter the game scoring 26 points per contest.
“They are explosive on offense,” Nutt said. “They scored almost 50 points this weekend and it will be a great challenge for our defense this Saturday.”
The Razorbacks bring the fourth best scoring defense in the conference into the game on Saturday. Arkansas is allowing just 19 points per game this season and also has the third best passing defense in the SEC, giving up just 180.2 yards per game.
Defensively, the Tigers are allowing 311.9 yards per game and boast the fourth best rush defense in the SEC giving up 104.1 yards per outing.
“I saw how they played against Florida and Ole Miss,” Nutt said. “They have a very good defense. I’m sure they had a little bit of a let down after beating Florida, but they have some true players on defense.”
Nutt also commented on the health of tailback Cedric Cobbs who has been limited by a sore hamstring.
“He looked good today,” Nutt said. “It’s the best he has looked in a long time. We’d love to get him 15-20 touches against Auburn. We’ll just have to see if he keeps progressing this week in practice.”
The Razorbacks and 17th-ranked Tigers will kickoff at 11:30 a.m. at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium this Saturday. The game will be regionally televised by Jefferson-Pilot.
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