Finishing Touches

The Arkansas Razorbacks put the finishing touches on the game plan for the Ole Miss Rebels with an hour and a half workout Thursday afternoon.

Arkansas assistant head coach and defensive line coach Bobby Allen was pleased with the Razorbacks progress during the practice session.

"We had an excellent practice today," Allen said. "All of the kids were focused, especially on the defensive side of the ball. We were sharp with out assignments and you got the feeling that they were excited about playing this Saturday."

The Razorbacks will go up against one of the top passing attacks in the Southeastern Conference this weekend. Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning is averaging 276.6 yards per game, which is fourth highest in the conference. The Rebels are also averaging 36.3 points per game which is second best in the SEC and 15th best in the NCAA.

Although Manning and the passing game have received most of the attention, Allen noted the Rebels possess a strong running game as well.

"They have a really good running game," Allen said. "(Tailback) Joe Gunn has been an excellent runner ever since he came in the league. Their offensive line does an excellent job coming off the ball and creating holes for them. They are similar to Tennessee in what they try to do offensively."

In addition, the Ole Miss offensive line has only yielded seven sacks this season, the second fewest in the SEC.

"You always have to try to apply pressure to the quarterback," Allen said. "Their line has done a great job of protecting Manning. And when he has been pressured he has not really been affected. He is very calm and does a good job looking down field under the rush."

The Razorbacks and Rebels will kickoff at 6 p.m. this Saturday from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN 2.


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