Razorbacks Focus on Punt Returns, Kicking Game
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks used their Wednesday afternoon practice session to polish special teams assignments for the upcoming Southeastern Conference opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Razorback head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with the Hogs’ workout and noted the options Arkansas possesses in the return game.
“We had a good practice today,” Nutt said. “We worked very hard on the kicking game. It usually plays a big role in games like this one. We’ve got three guys that have been doing an outstanding job with punt returns.
“If we played tonight, it would probably be Decori Brimingham. But, Carlos Ousley has done well and we have a lot of confidence in him. Tony Bua has come from nowhere. He has been very persistent. I thought he was kidding me at first, but he has some natural ability. And then we have George Wilson who can always get it done.”
The Razorbacks enter this Saturday’s nationally televised game with a 2-0 record, while the Crimson Tide enters at 3-1.
Alabama is coming off a 20-7 victory over Southern Mississippi last Saturday and suffered its only loss against No. 3 Oklahoma 37-27 in Norman.
The Crimson Tide is averaging 244.2 yards rushing per contest, while the Razorbacks are allowing fewer than 40 yards rushing per game.
Saturday’s game will be televised by ESPN and is slated for a 6:45 p.m. kickoff. The game marks the first of the season on the total sports network for the Hogs.
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