Love Eager To Return

A soft cast with blue foam padding still covers Jamar Love's right hand. But the 6-foot-1 senior cornerback won't let that keep him out of the lineup Saturday when the Razorbacks take on Tulsa.

Defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said Love would be part of an extensive secondary rotation for Saturday's contest. Sophomore Ramon Broadway started in Love's place the last three weeks. Love has missed three games since having surgery performed on his right thumb. He returned to practice last week but didn't play against Ole Miss, possibly because he was getting back in shape. "I feel like I finally got legs my legs back," Love said after Wednesday's workout. "Towards the end, when I got my stitches out, I started running. But for two weeks, I was just doing some things in the weight room to help keep my legs strong." Love said the injury does hinder him on the field. He said "getting off blocks" was difficult, and he laughed when asked about catching the ball. "I try to catch one-handed in drills," he said. Robinson said that was his only issue with Love. "I don't think it bugs him as much as it makes him feel like he can't catch the ball," Robinson said. New-Look Defense Tulsa's defense operates out of a rare 3-3-5 formation and could confuse the Razorbacks, despite being ranked 99th nationally in total defense. Arkansas senior center Jonathan Luigs said the Hogs would need to pick up the numerous blitzes the Golden Hurricane surprise opponents with from different parts of the field. Tulsa has 28 sacks this season, nine of which came Sunday in its 49-19 win over Central Florida. "It's a little unconventional," Luigs said. "It's something we haven't really seen this year." Coach Bobby Petrino has seen the defense before. While at Louisville, several Big East Conference teams employed the defense, including West Virginia, where Tulsa coach Todd Graham was an assistant. "We went back and watched all the things we've done against West Virginia," Petrino said. "We did a lot of that over the summer and again (Sunday). "There are a lot of similarites, but they do some different things coverage wise." Position Battle Arkansas lost true freshman free safety Elton Ford for the season because of a neck injury, and several players are vying for a chance to earn the most snaps in his absence. Juniors Matt Harris and Rashaad Johnson and freshman Tramain Thomas have all impressed Robinson this week. "I like where we are with those guys," Robinson said. "We've got some rotations there." Don't Tell Him Running back Michael Smith knows he's among the nation's leaders in rushing. To be precise, the 5-foot-7, 173-pound junior ranks first in the Southeastern Conference and sixth nationally with 131.4 yards per game. But Smith doesn't want to hear about it. "Honestly, I'm like, ‘Don't tell me,'" Smith said. "We'll talk about all that after the season. You put it in your back pocket, as I always say. You want to go put on another good performance for this week. I think if you get caught up in what you've done so far it can get in the way of what you need to do." Extra Points • Junior defensive end Adrian Davis sat out practice again on Wednesday because of a knee injury. Robinson said he wanted to "let the head coach" talk today about Davis' availability for Saturday's game. • The Razorbacks' game next Saturday at South Carolina will be played at noon and will not be televised. South Carolina initially had set the contest for a time at night but changed the schedule late Tuesday. • Senior defensive end Antwain Robinson was back at practice Wednesday after missing Tuesday's workout.

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