Crawford Has Moved Past Fumble

Arkansas wide receiver London Crawford feels fine. He's not complaining about his role in the offense.

And he insists he has moved past his most infamous play of his career, a bizarre fumble that came in the third quarter of last year's 41-38 loss at Alabama.

"Honestly, I was over it the next play in the game. Regardless of what happened and what was said, I look forward to the next play," Crawford said Tuesday. "You can't dwell on what happened in the past when you've got the present and the future right there."

With Alabama holding a 21-10 lead, Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick completed a pass to Crawford, who raced toward midfield. But he fumbled the football at the 49-yard line despite not being touched and no defenders near him.

Crawford led the Razorbacks with three catches for 47 yards in last year's loss, but he's perhaps known more for his unlikely fumble that allowed the Crimson Tide to extend its lead to 24-10.

"Right now, I'm just really not even worried about that pass. That's way last year," Crawford said. "I'm worried about going out and making plays with my teammates this year."

Crawford was hoping this would be a breakout year for him, but he has been overshadowed by Arkansas' freshmen receivers despite starting the first two games of the season.

The junior has also dropped several passes and dealt with a concussion suffered in the season opener against Western Illinois. As a result, he ranks sixth on the team with only four catches for 40 yards heading into Saturday's game against No. 9 Alabama.

"Honestly, it really doesn't matter to me who's getting the ball. As long as we win, I mean, it really doesn't matter," Crawford said. "Everybody plays a role."

Crawford said he has gotten over the concussion, joking that he feels "125 percent." Meanwhile, Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said Crawford has practiced well over the past few days.

"It would be good to see him make some big plays in this game, come out and be explosive and make something happen for us," Petrino said.

Curtis On The Mend

Arkansas backup running back De'Anthony Curtis used this past weekend to allow his sprained knee to heal.

"I think I'll be ready for this game. I've fully recovered," Curtis said. "I feel good running up and down the field. I'm about 100 right now."

The freshman is Arkansas' second-leading rusher despite being bothered over the past few weeks with the knee injury. He has gained 38 yards on eight carries to go along with his five catches for 54 yards.

"He's getting better every day," Petrino said. "This little extra period (of days off) right here has been good for him."

Good Return

Arkansas' struggles on special teams are well-documented, and coach Bobby Petrino has even more reasons to get things corrected before Saturday.

Through three games, Alabama junior Javier Arenas has returned nine punts for 208 yards, the most yardage by any player so far this season. He ranks seventh nationally with an average of 23.1 yards per return.

Arenas showed his elusiveness when he returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown to give Alabama a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into a 20-6 win over Tulane on Sept. 6.

"One of the biggest concerns of ours is their punt returner and kickoff returner. He's taken it to the house already," Bobby Petrino said of Arenas. "One of them was on a safe punt where they basically weren't even setting up a return.

"He made everyone miss and went for a touchdown. We've got to punt the ball and cover real well."

Arkansas had a punt blocked in a 28-27 win over Louisiana-Monroe, and the Razorbacks needed a saving tackle by Jeremy Davis to avoid having a kickoff returned for a touchdown later in the game.

Something To Watch

Alabama wide receiver Earl Alexander doesn't need to rent a movie to keep him busy. He and his teammates are given DVDs at the beginning of the week of their upcoming opponent.

"I like to know the person I am playing against from head to toe," Alexander said.

But the sophomore said he watches the DVDs, but he doesn't go to extreme measures to find out about the cornerbacks he's facing. He doesn't look them up on or check out their bios on the Internet.

"I just study their technique and how they play on each down," Alexander said.

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