Thursday Grid Report, 9/25

Arkansas defensive line coach Tracy Rocker knows plenty about Alabama. A former Auburn player, Rocker has been in plenty of battles with the Tide.

Arkansas worked for about 45 minutes, most of it inside Walker Pavilion with media held outside, in their final workout of the week on Thursday. The Hogs travel to Brimingham on Friday where they'll have a light workout at a local high school. They meet Alabama at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

The Hogs will not have Chase Pressley on the trip. The redshirt freshman defensive tackle will not travel to Alabama after sustaining an ankle sprain last week against North Texas.

"We'll have Lawrence Richardson (on the trip) and we'll check his ankle in pre-game warmups," said Houston Nutt, the Arkansas coach.

Nutt said he's not made a determination on the kickoff man for the 'Bama game. David Carlton and Brennan O'Donohoe battled at that spot Thursday. Freshman Rusty McEntire has a groin injury and did not practice Thursday.

It appears the Hogs will take true freshman Keith Jackson Jr. along for insurance in the defensive front. He's worked with the varsity this week after spending most of the last month on the scout team.

"We'll take six ends and five inside guys," said Tracy Rocker, defensvie line coach. "Last week against North Texas, we put the starters out there to open the game and they really didn't have anything in that first drive. I didn't like the way they played. So the xecond possession, we took them out and put the backups in and they brought it at a different level.

"I can't tell you how we are going to play and who we are going to play when. I'll just see who brings it. We know it's going to be a tough game and I want some tough guys out there."

Rocker expects Bama to test the Hogs up front.

"Alabama has always been very good in the offensive," Rocker said. "I think they've been good since I was a little boy. They'll be very good this time.

"The teams we've played have been mainly finesse. Alabama won't be finsesse. They are going to come at us and that's what we expect. We'll see if we can stop them."


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