Both Bobby Petrino (on the SEC coaches conference call) and Willy Robinson (after practice) said DeQuinta Jones, suspended for last week's game, is day to day as far as his status this week. Byran Jones is out with an ankle injury and has missed all public work this week. Arkansas does not comment on injuries in most instances.
Robinson, the defensive coordinator, didn't have either for much of last week's game, but he said it wasn't a big factor since much of Vanderbilt's run game sequences focused on the perimeter game.
"We had our ends all there," Robinson said Wednesday after practice. "So we had the guys on the perimeter where the ball was going. That's Jake Bequette, Damario Ambrose and Tank Wright. We didn't have any changes out there on the perimeter. The key is we never lost the outside edge."
South Carolina's offense features the tough running of Marcus Lattimore and an equally challenging passing game combination with quarterback Stephen Garcia and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
"They are very explosive," Robinson said. "I think Coach (Steve) Spurrier probably struggles because they are able to run more than they pass, but they are winning with it. He probably relishes that aspect.
"Lattimore could end up being one of the best this conference has had in a long time. He has great feet in the hole. The few times he gets struck, he ends up still making yards."
Robinson also praised Garcia and Jeffery. He called Garcia more mature and noted Jeffery must be accounted for with schemes. But he later came back to Lattimore.
"I think we tackled better after the first two drives, but we have to wrap up this week and not arm tackle," Robinson said. "This back runs through arm tackles. We have to get a lot of people to the ball."
Arkansas outside linebacker Jerico Nelson said it's a focus this week.
"We've talked a lot about not arm tackling against Lattimore," Nelson said. "You look at him and he reminds you of the Mississippi State back, Anthony Dixon. But the difference is I'm comparing a senior to a freshman. He's like Dixon already and he's just a freshman. That's saying a lot.
"The Alabama backs were really good. We know that. But this guy is bigger than they were. Maybe the Alabama backs (Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson) were a little shiftier, but he's got more power. They are all very good backs.
"The thing that makes them tough is that they also have the tall wide receivers. You can't give the cornerbacks a lot of help because they are going to make everyone play the run. We have to tell our cornerbacks, just hold on with these guys. They are going to have to play them by themselves a lot of the time."
Special teams coach John L. Smith said the Hogs are still not sure if Joe Adams, out last week with an ankle injury, will be able to return punts. Adams is practicing this week and will play, but has not been involved in special teams during part of the week.
"We may have Joe back there, but it may be Jarius Wright," Smith said. "We are still watching how Joe progresses. It's still something we have to decide."