Lacking Competitiveness

Arkansas' players got called out for their lack of competitive spirit Saturday against Alabama and agree it was severely lacking and can not be repeated this Saturday against Texas A&M.

After getting called out by their offensive coordinator for not having a competitive spirit in a blowout loss at Alabama, Arkansas' offensive players manned up themselves.

They agreed the spirit was severely lacking.

"We really just didn't come to play," Razorback junior tailback Ronnie Wingo said. "…They really just outcompeted us and we didn't compete with them. They didn't do anything that we didn't prepare for. Our coaches had us prepared well and we just didn't compete well."

Offensive lineman Alvin Bailey said that the Razorbacks were simply not ready to play as baffling as that might sound.

"It is disappointing to go into a big game like that, a big situation like that and not play your best," Bailey said. "It was very disappointing."

"I don't think it was so much of an attitude issue and it was people not focusing and not ready to play," Bailey said.

Wingo said he knows the fans are mad about that.

"We have just got to come out Saturday with an attitude and compete," Wingo said. "I know a lot of the fans are mad at us right now. We just have to go out and show the season is not over."

The offensive players had a meeting on Sunday night.

"We all just came in and basically talked to each other and let each other know what we had to do to be better," Bailey said. "We can not go back out on that field and not be ready to play like we were Saturday."

"We said we have just got to come out and get it together," Wingo said. "We still have a long season ahead of us. We have to use the Alabama game as motivation and use it from here."

That starts in practice and did so on Tuesday according to Wingo.

"We had the right attitude, a positive attitude and everybody was working hard," Wingo said. "It was a long, long Tuesday practice and we put in a lot of stuff. We just have to come back tomorrow and do it again."


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