No Longer In Awe

Arkansas junior wideout Joe Adams admits he and his teammates were in awe of Cowboys Stadium last season, but will not be this season as the Razorbacks meet Texas A&M Saturday in the second annual Southwest Classic.

Like all of his teammates, Joe Adams was excited about seeing Cowboys Stadium when he walked into it last year a day before the University of Arkansas-Texas A&M game.

"It's great playing in Cowboys Stadium," Adams said. "There is nothing like it. It's an NFL stadium and we are not used to that. Our stadium is big, but this is Cowboys Stadium. It is the nicest stadium we are going to play in."

While he is excited again this year, Adams says the awe is gone – been there, done that.

"The first thought on everybody's mind was seeing that Jumbo Tron," Adams said. "That is what we all were looking for. It's real and it's big.

"But this year we have already seen the stadium so it is nothing new to us," Adams said. "…I won't be blown away this time because I have already seen it. It's like going on a ride."

Adams, who has caught 19 passes for 385 yards and two scores this season, does admit he will be making sure there are no bats in his cave because of the Jumbo Tron.

"You can see everything so I was kind of hoping that I didn't have something up my nose," Adams said. "I am going to make sure my nose is clean."

Arkansas (3-1) and Texas A&M (3-1) will meet Saturday afternoon in the second annual Southwest Classic.

It is a rematch of last season's game in which the Aggies jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but the Razorbacks roared back for a 47-19 win.

"We are going to try and come out stronger this game instead of down by 10," Adams said.

Adams is very aware of Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, who led the nation last season with a whopping 17 sacks while playing mostly defensive end.

"The main person I remember is number 40," Adams said. "He is a great players. Last year he led (the nation) in sacks. I am just going to talk to my o-line and make sure we keep him locked up."

Arkansas has a ton of wide receivers capable of making plays and sometimes the ball doesn't make its way around to all of them as much as the pass-catcher might like.

"There are so many guys on the field that one guy might go over 100 yards and the next guy might just have 40," Adams said. "It's just whoever is hot that game is going to get the ball. Our receivers are so close-knit, it really doesn't matter who gets the ball as long as we get a W."

There are many reasons that Arkansas wants to win, but one of them is to get a boost heading back into SEC play at Auburn next weekend.

The Razorbacks have not played since a 24-20 loss to No. 1 Alabama in Fayetteville on Sept. 25th.

"It's always good to get a W and going to Dallas – which is another home stadium for us is a plus," Adams said. "A ‘W' will get us back on a roll and ready to go for the rest of the season."


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