FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas football team continued its postseason preparations inside Walker Pavilion on Saturday for the 77th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl against Ohio State in in New Orleans on Jan. 4, 2011. No. 8 Arkansas (10-2, 6-2 SEC) finished the regular season leading the Southeastern Conference in sacks (3.08, 6th in NCAA) and tackles for loss (7.50, 8th in NCAA). UA heads to the Louisiana Superdome for the school’s first BCS bowl appearance, matching up against the No. 6 Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten).
Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Willy Robinson met with the media following the morning workout, which he noted had increased in physicality for the Razorbacks.
"Today we kind of picked up the pace a little bit," Coach Robinson said. "We were really looking to get a more physical practice, trying to get them back into the mental aspects of it. We wanted to sit down there and add the physical element to it today. We knocked the rust off and it was good for us."
Coach Robinson outlined the Buckeyes’ offense, noting that UA’s practice had been tough for a reason. He sees the OSU squad as a stout matchup for the Razorback defense.
"They’re extremely physical," Coach Robinson said. "They’re a typical Big Ten football team. They’re extremely physical up front. Their perimeter people are extremely skilled. They do a great job of coming in and out of their routes. They do a great job of blocking downfield. Their running backs are big time downhill runners. Their quarterback is a guy who is pretty magical. He has great size. He has great feet. He can throw the ball. He can run the ball. He creates."
The UA-OSU game will air on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. For more information on Razorback football, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.