Senior wide receiver Joe Adams practiced Tuesday with a flak jacket on to protect his bruised ribs and said he will be able to play in Saturday's 6 p.m. game in Fayetteville.
He injured it while trying to catch a pass in the end zone in last Saturday's 42-38 win over Texas A&M.
"I feel good and I'll be ready," Adams said. "This is a big game for us and we are all going to be ready to play."
Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said that is a plus when you consider how Auburn's previously beleaguered defense played last week in a 16-13 win at South Carolina.
"I think they are getting better," McGee said. "The best thing about it is that they are keeping it simple. They don't do much on defense. A lot of times teams that don't do much, they understand all of the details of what they are doing. So they are able to study your offense and understand how to match your routes and get a pre-snap read on your formations because they don't do as much as some defenses."
"…I think they are playing really hard and they are playing with a bunch of people so they stay fresh," McGee added. "They are playing with six or seven defensive linemen, five or six linebackers and there are defensive backs all over the field."
The game will be a rematch of Auburn's 65-43 win over the visiting Razorbacks in a game that allowed the undefeated Tigers to go on and win the national championship.
"I think week end and week out you have to stay hungry and always kind of have a chip on your shoulder," McGee said. "There is no doubt that for us to accomplish our goals that we have to win SEC games. We believe in winning our games at home in front of our home crowd so this is a huge game for us."
Arkansas picked up 55 of its 71 yards rushing in the fourth quarter last week with redshirt junior Dennis Johnson and senior Broderick Green – playing his first game since tearing an ACL in the spring – carrying the load.
They will join starter Ronnie Wingo in the continuing quest to improve the running game.
"I've always said that we are real fortunate to have the personnel that we have," McGee said. "They are developing, they are learning. It is good to have Broderick back because he is experienced and he is a big man. He is 250 pounds and he is a really good athlete and he is really confident running the ball close to the goal line. When you've got a guy like that, he brings confidence to your whole team.
"Then Dennis' ability to just be versatile, move out of the backfield and catch balls, catch screens and make plays, you can motion him out of the backfield and he is a threat to run downfield and catch passes – that is his strength," McGee added. "We are really fortunate to have the personnel that we have."
Backfield by committee?
"It will just be the way we have always operated," McGee said. "We will try to keep them fresh and just use all of our guys and it is all based on personnel groupings.
"We have a personnel group where Dennis is in the game with three receivers; a personnel group where Broderick is in the game with three receivers; two receivers, tight end, (fullback) Keiro (Small) and Dennis; two receivers, tight end, Keiro and Broderick," McGee added. "So we have different ways to get them out on the field."
Green is overjoyed to be back, something that began to creep into his mind even before the season started.
"It was actually before the first game," Green said. "I kept saying to myself, ‘you know what, I might go.' I waited a little while and said ‘I'll check the second week, the third weekend and I started to feel even better.
"I got the strength back in my leg in the weight room and I had my full range of motion so I said ‘if it gets better I am going to give it a go,'" Green added.
Green scored the game-winning touchdown in his return and also got a key first down on 3rd-and-8 to seal the victory.
"I knew that we needed to get that first down to get the win and close the game out," Green said. "I said to myself that ‘I've got to do anything I can to get this first down.' Once I got the first down I knew that was it."
Green actually scored two touchdowns, both of which Small blasted defenders to help him get in.
"Keiro is a beast," said. "I think he knocked down two guy, watching film, on both touchdowns."
McGee said that he thought the Razorbacks' offensive line played much better in the second half than it did in the first.
"I thought they did an excellent job because that team that we played last week, their pressure package is as complex as anybody in football," McGee said. "We spent a lot of our time with five receivers on the field so we had just five protectors and they did a really good job of sorting out their pressure, staying on the same level as their pads. Pretty much giving us a chance to win the game.
"Then we got down there on the goal line and needed to knock the ball in to take the lead, I thought they did a great job," McGee said.