Keith Jackson: D-Line remembers last year

Arkansas will have to play better in the defensive line than it did in the second half of last year's loss to Auburn. Senior captain Keith Jackson promises the effort will be solid up front on the Hogs' defensive front.

Defensive tackle Keith Jackson remembers the feeling he had in the aftermath of a 34-17 loss to Auburn last year.

"Yeah, I remember it like it was yesterday," Jackson said after practice Tuesday. "We had the game in position to get a victory and our defensive line lost it all in the second half.

"Yeah, just like yesterday, I remember that our defensive line played like crap in that second half. We were not in our gaps. You could blame our defensive line for that one, what happened in that second half. I'm still carrying that one with me."

Jackson wants the defensive line to makeup for that game with a better performance Saturday when the Hogs face No. 2 Auburn in a battle of SEC West unbeatens.

"This is a big game," Jackson said. "We had a chance to shock the world in our opener. We didn't do it. We lost to Southern Cal. We have another chance to show the people around the country about Arkansas football. We need this one to show everyone that we have turned things around.

"We've fought our guts out the last two games and won two close ones. We know the only way to win this one is to fight our guts out again.

"I promise you that our defensive line won't wimp out like we did against Auburn last year. It's not going to happen this time. We don't want to have the blame again. We want to prove to the world that we do exist, that there is a football team at Arkansas. It starts with the guys on the defensive line, stopping their running game."

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