Hogs Look at a Variety of Offensive Formations

The Arkansas Razorbacks spent two hours on the practice field Tuesday afternoon in preparation for this Saturday's game against the 17th-ranked Auburn Tigers. The Razorbacks concentrated on the variety of offensive formations the Tigers have used this season.

"Auburn runs about every formation you can imagine offensively," Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. "They line up in a no-back, two-backs, three wideouts, four wideouts and even a fullhouse set. They throw a lot of different things at you. They have a power running game and mix it up with the pass. Auburn has a lot of weapons on offense and it will be a challenge for our defense."

Nutt also commented on the Auburn defense which is ranked fourth in the Southeastern Conference and 27th nationally in yards allowed per game. The Tigers are allowing 311.9 yards per outing so far this season.

"They have an excellent defensive front," Nutt said. "DeMarco McNeil has made a lot of plays for them this season on the line and they have a good mix of veteran and young players. They like to run a true eight-man front with a little 4-3 scheme as well. We have not seen that from anyone we have played this year, so it will be a little different for us."

Offensively for the Razorbacks, redshirt freshman Jason Peters continue to get snaps at tight end after moving over from the defensive end position.

"We can't give him the whole playback right now obviously," Nutt said. "There are a few things he can do to help us. He has good hands and has good mobility for a 300-pounder. His blocking has been very good and he is doing a great job of learning on the run."

Nutt added that freshman Matt Jones could play an important role in Saturday's game.

"We thought we would have to add a different element to his game against South Carolina," Nutt said. "But he was very effective running the ball and we didn't' have too. If everybody is executing and doing their job on Saturday, hopefully he will be just as effective for us."

A limited number of tickets remain for the Arkansas-Auburn game. The game will be televised by Jefferson-Pilot and is slated for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff from Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.


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