Holtz: Arkansas Runs Complicated Defenses

USC head coach Lou Holtz says the revamped Gamecock offensive line will have its hands full this Saturday against Arkansas in Little Rock. "Arkansas runs some complicated defenses," said Holtz. "They'll make you look ugly on offense. I don't know if we can execute well enough to have success against them."

Coach Holtz said he expects Shane Hall to start at left guard in place of Travelle Wharton, who is doubtful with an ankle sprain. Right tackle Melvin Paige is questionable with a sore knee. Watts Sanderson could fill his spot. "Shane Hall has played just about every position along the offensive line," said Holtz. "He gets his lunch pail, goes to practice and finds out which position he Œs playing today. He's played both tackle positions and both guard positions. He doesn't make many mental mistakes. I guess we'll have to get him to take a few snaps at center next."

Melvin Paige was limited during Wednesday's workout. Travelle Wharton was at practice but did not participate.

Coach Holtz said he received a scare at the beginning of practice, when All-America cornerback Sheldon Brown injured his shoulder. "It scared me to death," said Holtz. "He was in a collision with another player and all of sudden I heard them yell (trainer, trainer, and I immediately started looking to see which number was on the ground. I don't know how serious it is. Hopefully, he should be okay."

Coach Holtz admitted that the team's last trip to Little Rock (1999, Arkansas was a 48-14 winner) may have been the low point of that 0-11 campaign. "That game might have been as bad as it could get," said Holtz. "It was difficult, getting embarrassed like that. I believe the Arkansas people are more excited about playing us now than they were then. I believe it will be a much tougher environment in Little Rock this Saturday than it was two years ago."

Coach Holtz gave an update on some of the other Gamecocks who are injured: DT Willie Sams is still out with a knee, but has returned to practice on a limited basis; WR Ricky Ricks is back practicing following his knee injury but is not expected to play this year; WR James Adkisson is out with a back injury and is not expected back this year; DE Ron John-Finn (knee) is back jogging and could return to practice next week; DE Dennis Quinn (knee) is back jogging and could return to practice on a limited basis next week.

Saturday's game will be televised nationally by CBS. Kickoff is set for 3:34 p.m. (eastern time).


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