Thursday Grid Update, 11/6

Arkansas has to take care of the football against strong South Carolina defense. The Hogs finished the heavy part of their practices for the trip to Columbia, S.C.

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino thinks the Razorbacks are well prepared for their trip to South Carolina this week. The Hogs finished the heavy part of their workouts with a 75-minute workout Thursday.

"We've had a good week of preparation," Petrinno said after Thursday's practice. "Our players understand the challenge ahead of them this week. Our offense knows we have to take care of the football. We know that we are going against a defense that lives off of turnovers.

"We have worked had this week on our running game. We hope we can move the ball better than we did last week on the ground.

"We have to stop the run on defense. We have to force their offense to be one-dimensional and then we have to put pressure on the quarterback.

"Certainly, all of that will be a big challenge."

Petrino was asked if the Hogs will get "any of their injured players back this week." He didn't think that would be the case, but there might be one exception. He said defensive end Adrian Davis was at practice on a limited basis Thursday.

"He's real sore, but he was out there for a few things today," Petrino said. "He's gotten better every day. There is a chance he could play this week, but he's got to improve some more. There's an outside chance (Davis could play against South Carolina)."

The Hogs have had to shuffle players in the offensive line over the last few weeks because of injuries and that might be one reason the running game slipped last week against Tulsa.

"Anytime you have to change the mix in the offensive line, that changes things and makes it more difficult with the communication," Petrino said. "Hopefully, we are better this week.

"This week is similar to the Auburn week in that we are playing a very physical group. South Carolina is similar in the physical nature of their defense. They are very good. They do a lot of things and they have some looks where they put their linebackers in a down position between the tackles. It will be a great challenge."

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