Arkansas and Texas Monitor Hurricane Ike

Arkansas officials have been in contact with Texas about how Hurricane Ike could affect Saturday's game in Austin.

Arkansas associate athletic director Kevin Trainor said university officials are monitoring the hurricane, which as of Tuesday night had moved into the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Ike is projected to hit the Texas coast by late Friday or early Saturday. Kickoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds told The Austin American-Statesman on Tuesday that there are contingency plans if the state "locks down all our roads and the campus is used for an evacuation spot."

"We're trying to look at all our options," Dodds told the newspaper.

If the game is postponed, one option is rescheduling it for Saturday, Sept. 27. Arkansas and Texas each have an open week at that time.

"We're just preparing to go down there and play. And whatever happens happens," Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said Tuesday evening. "And if we have to play in real bad weather, great. I think that might be better."

Weather has not caused problems for the Razorbacks in the past, but current events have played a factor.

Arkansas was scheduled to host North Texas on Sept. 15, 2001, but the game was canceled like others around the nation because of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

Arkansas made up the game by adding an Oct. 6 game against Weber State in Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Hogs won 42-19.



Wright Time

Arkansas' coaches raved about freshman Jarius Wright during preseason practice. But so far, the wide receiver has had little impact over the first two games of the season.

Wright opened the season as Arkansas' starting "Z" receiver, but he lost the job to fellow freshman Joe Adams after one game.

Meanwhile, Wright remains the only one of Arkansas' highly touted freshman receivers to not have a catch in the first two games.

Even Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino admitted on Monday that he thought Wright would have at least 2-3 catches by now.

"Maybe this week is going to be his breakout game," Paul Petrino said.

Petrino said Wright stood out during Tuesday's practice, and the coaches have talked about getting the Warren native more involved in the offense.

"I thought Jarius Wright actually had a good day today, which is good to see because I didn't play him a whole lot the other night (in a 28-27 win over Louisiana-Monroe)," Paul Petrino said.

"I told him Joe was just hot and playing good, and I probably should have played (Wright) more."



Nice Catch

Adams had seven catches in his first career start last Saturday, but it was his 33-yard reception in the third quarter that was his most impressive one.

On a second-and-16, Adams beat a Louisiana-Monroe linebacker across the middle of the field and somehow snagged a pass that was thrown over his head.

"I didn't want the linebacker to know that I (saw) the ball coming, so I kind of played like I didn't see it," Adams said. "And when it got there, I just stuck my hands up and caught it."

Adams was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after making a team-high seven catches for 89 yards in the win.

So was the Little Rock native surprised that he came down with that pass?

"I just kind of stretched out for it. I mean, I wasn't surprised that I caught it," Adams said. "I knew I could catch it."

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