Hogs Prepare for Option Attack

The Arkansas Razorbacks spent two hours on the practice fields behind Donald W. Reynolds Stadium in preparation for Saturday's nationally-televised showdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Hogs spent much of the practice working on the option style offense of the Crimson Tide.

"Alabama runs a lot of option schemes at you," Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. "They run it out of the shotgun and they do it with different personnel groupings."

Nutt also commented on two of the Tide's offensive performers, quarterback Tyler Watts and receiver Freddie Milons.

"Watts is a good option quarterback and they are always going to try to get the ball in the hands of Freddie Milons," Nutt said. "It doesn't matter whether it's kick returns, punt returns, reverses or quick screens, you've always to know where Milons is on the field."

The Razorbacks and Crimson Tide head into Saturday's contest with identical 1-1 records. Alabama is coming off a 12-9 victory over Vanderbilt two weeks ago, while Arkansas dropped a 13-3 decision to Tennessee.

Arkansas' defense ranks among the league leaders in points per game, allowing 11.5 per contest. Alabama ranks just behind the Hogs, giving up 14.5 points per game. In addition, the Razorback's defense is second in the conference in passing defense with an 88.0 yards-per-game average.

"Both team's defenses are very good," Nutt said. "We'll need our kicking game to be at its best because Alabama has an excellent kicking game. Alabama also has good speed just like we do. Offensively, we're going to have to execute and keep our defense off the field. We've got to make some first downs."

Arkansas and Alabama will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The game will be televised nationally by CBS.


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