Passing Attack Prepares For Big Test

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has proven its passing attack has the potential to be prolific after two games.

The Razorbacks lead the Southeastern Conference in passing (320.5 yards per game), 10 players have receptions and the Hogs have successfully erased double-digit deficits by taking to the air.

But junior receiver Lucas Miller believes two games have shown Arkansas something else: It still has a long way to go.

"We've made mistakes, so people haven't really seen what we can do," Miller said. "I hope we can show it (against Texas)."

There would be no better time than when the Razorbacks (2-0) play the eighth-ranked Longhorns (2-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Arkansas' ability to move the ball through the air against a Texas defense loaded with youth in the secondary will be key to the nonconference clash. The Razorbacks have topped the 300-yard mark in passing offense in their first two games. The Longhorns have surrendered 261 yards to Florida Atlantic and Texas El-Paso.

So Arkansas knows it must attack.

"(Texas') safeties are probably a little younger and inexperienced, and it looks like the second game they tried to simplify it a little bit for them," Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said. "But (Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp) has his scheme. He likes what he does. So it's just a matter of going out there and attacking them and getting after them."

Arkansas feels better about its chances after watching its young receivers turn in big plays this season.

Miller, Greg Childs and Carlton Salters made key catches in the win against Western Illinois. D.J. Williams, Joe Adams and Chris Gragg came up big a week later against Louisiana-Monroe.

The group hasn't been flawless. In particular, dropped passes have hurt drives on several occasions. But Williams said the Hogs are working to eliminate those problems this week.

"Mistakes, dropped balls, miscues here, missed assignments, fumbles, that has to be cut out," Williams said.

Texas cornerback Ryan Palmer is hoping the Longhorns will be sharper against the Razorbacks, too.

Texas has replaced three starters in the secondary and its depth chart is loaded with freshmen who have been pressed into action.

But Palmer believes that facing two teams that emphasize the pass have helped them gain experience.

"Who doesn't throw the ball a lot these days?" Palmer said. "Everybody is chunking that thing around. It's going to be fun again to play another passing team. We'll see what we can do."

So will Arkansas, which will get a good look at how far its passing game has progressed since coach Bobby Petrino's arrival.

"We're expecting (Texas) to be real aggressive," Miller said. "We're trying to prepare as best as we can and go out and execute."

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