FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team continued its preparations Wednesday inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for UTEP. The 14th-ranked Razorbacks (7-2, 4-2, SEC) host the Miners (6-4, 3-4, CUSA) Saturday on Senior Night, with the game set to kick off at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Willy Robinson outlined the Razorbacks’ plans in defending UTEP’s offense, ran by Miner head coach Mike Price.
"When you’re trying to figure out what this guy’s theme is, he keeps you off-balance a little bit," Coach Robinson said. "They are very much a passing football team. The running backs are good enough to keep the drive going. They are a very good third down football team; one of the top 10 teams in the country when you look at how well they convert on third down. That’s going to be a key to win this football game."
Coach Robinson noted that keying on the Miners’ rushing attempts will be important to UA’s success in the matchup.
"They do a lot of different things with their run game, the read zone," Coach Robinson said. "They are athletic enough to pull and run the sweeps and the counters. They keep you off-balance because with that they have some play-action passing game."
As noted by Coach Robinson in the past, the Razorbacks defensive specialty continues to be quickly getting to be football. He admitted that the squad’s directive was still the same for UTEP.
"We’re just going to play true and play honest and do what we’ve been doing," Coach Robinson said.