Robert Meachem, a 6-foot-3 junior, brings an average of 109.9 receiving yards per game into tonight's game. He didn't miss a beat last Saturday in Tennessee's 28-24 defeat to LSU when redshirt freshman Jonathan Crompton subbed for Erik Ainge at quarterback. Crompton is starting tonight, and Meachem likely won't notice the difference. "He's tall, he's fast, he's quick and he can jump," Arkansas secondary coach Louis Campbell said. "He's got it all. But this is a challenge Chris looks forward to. He's had a challenge like this almost every week, so he's used to it." Houston, a 5-11 junior, has faced height disadvantages in almost every game this season. He's faced USC's Dwayne Jarrett. He's been matched up with Alabama's DJ Hall. He's gone up against South Carolina's Sidney Rice. And, in all of those duels, Houston has held his own. More than anything, he realizes the need to keep a level head throughout the game against larger receivers like Meachem. He used that to his advantage last week against Rice, who out-jumped Houston for several balls, and Houston will need that approach again today. "I can't get frustrated if one play doesn't go my way," Houston said. "I've just got to do what I do best — get physical and just stick with him. If I do that, I think I'll do a good job against him."
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