Hogs Defensive End Moves Up On Depth

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defensive end Adrian Davis snagged his first career interception in the 44-8 win at Ole Miss, but the sophomore wasn't completely satisfied with the feat Monday.

"I could've had a touchdown," Davis said. "I didn't. I wish I could have it back again. I probably should've scored."

Touchdown or not, Davis' play against the Rebels proved to be a big moment in Arkansas' first Southeastern Conference win. He stepped in front of a screen pass intended for running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and returned it 24 yards to set up the Razorbacks' third touchdown.

It also helped the sophomore earn a promotion, of sorts, this week. Davis is listed on the depth chart as a co-starter with Antwain Robinson at defensive end for Saturday's game against Florida International.

"His interception didn't surprise me at all because of his ball skills and athleticism," coach Houston Nutt said. "I think that ought to give him a boost of confidence and I think he'll get better and better."

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Davis, who played linebacker last season, has been a valuable piece of the defensive line rotation this season.

He had seven tackles in the opener against Troy and started three of the first four games. Since, he has come off the bench and turned in another strong outing with the interception and his first career sack at Ole Miss.

"He's put on a little bit more weight," Nutt said. "(Defensive line) Coach (Tracy) Rocker has really brought him along."

Davis, who was a wide receiver/safety in high school, said his performance might not lead to a starting spot Saturday. But he'll get plenty of opportunities to leave another impression against Florida International.

"We rotate anyway," Davis said. "Everybody going to get the same amount of plays. I just feel like I have to come out there and play a little bit harder, play a little bit faster."


Florida International, lost 28-14 to Louisiana-Monroe last Saturday to extend its losing streak to 19 games. The Golden Panthers' 19-game skid is the longest current streak in the nation.

In fact, FIU hasn't won a game since Dec. 3, 2005. But don't tell running back Felix Jones. When asked about FIU, the junior said the Razorbacks would prepare as if they were facing one of the country's best.

"We still get fired up," Jones said. "These games the same way we do every game. We take this game as if we're playing LSU or the top team in the nation.

"We don't take anybody lightly."

Luigs Lineman Of Week

Center Jonathan Luigs was named Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week on Monday.

The junior graded out at a team-high 90 percent in Arkansas' 44-8 win at Ole Miss last Saturday. He was part of an offense that bounced back from a disappointing performance at Auburn to pile up 437 yards.

"Jonathan has really been a guy that we really lean on," Nutt said. "He's a great leader. He's the quarterback of the offensive line. He calls out the fronts and finds the (linebackers) for us and does all the little things."

Crawford Questionable

Sophomore London Crawford is the latest Arkansas receiver to get hit by the injury bug. Nutt said Crawford is questionable for Saturday's game after sustaining a pinched nerve.

"We'll probably have to hold him (today)," Nutt said. "We'll see. We'll go from there."

Crawford caught one pass for 13 yards at Ole Miss. He leads all Arkansas wide receivers with eight catches for 147 yards and a touchdown.

If Crawford can't play, Nutt said the Razorbacks would lean on sophomore Lucas Miller and senior Chris Baker against FIU. They'd also try to get tight ends Andrew Davie and D.J. Williams more involved in the offense.

Sunday Shots

Arkansas' regular Sunday schedule changed after the Ole Miss win.

Instead of a light practice, Nutt said the team lifted weights, watched film, had a team meeting and got flu shots. The coaching staff joined players in line for flu shots. At least, the ones that wanted them.

"I was the first one in line," Nutt said.

No TV Again

The Arkansas-South Carolina game in Fayetteville on Nov. 3 will not be televised and has been scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

It will be the third straight week Arkansas has not been on television, joining last week's game at Ole Miss and Saturday's game against FIU.

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