Razorbacks Continue Preparations for No. 7 Ten
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – It was more of the same for the Arkansas Razorbacks on Tuesday as the Hogs worked for two hours plus in preparation for this weekend’s game with No. 7 Tennessee at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The Hogs are coming off a 14-10 win over UNLV while the Vols posted a 33-9 win over Syracuse in their season opener. Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt says after watching film on the Volunteers it is easy to see why they are ranked among the nation’s best.
“We had another good long practice,” Nutt said. “When you are preparing for the No. 7 team in the country it is easy to see why they are ranked that way when you watch them on film. They are big, fast and very aggressive on defense. They always look the same year after year. It comes down to execution. You have to have great execution. We got better today.”
Nutt says while the season opener exposed some areas of concern especially offensively, he is pleased with his squad’s progress this week on the practice field.
“We have a long way to go offensively, but we got better today. Defensively it is the same thing. You can’t give up big plays. Tennessee can get some big plays because of their speed. You know they are going to hand it to the tailback and try to establish the running game. We have to stop that. When you are Tennessee you just say next. They have speed all over. They have first, second and third teamers that all look alike.”
Sophomore Ken Hamlin earned some recognition from the league office on Tuesday for his performance against UNLV. The Jim Thorpe Award candidate was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week after racking up 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery against the Rebels.
“I was really proud of Ken,” Nutt said. “He will be the first to tell you that it is a team game and it is because of the defensive line and linebackers that he was able to get that. He deserved it. He had an interception, a turnover, made a lot of tackles and he works hard.”
Arkansas will practice on Wednesday and Thursday before holding a walk-through on Friday afternoon. The Razorbacks and Volunteers will meet at 8:05 p.m. CT at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in front of the ESPN2 television cameras. The conference opener for both squads will also be the first game played in the Hogs’ recently renovated and expanded stadium.
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