First Down: D-Line Preps For Big Test

Arkansas' defensive line put together a pair of impressive outings against Texas A&M and Auburn.

But defensive end Jake Bequette believes Arkansas' success at top-ranked Florida will depend on an even better effort up front.

"It's going to be a huge difference in the game if we can play well," Bequette said.

The Razorbacks front four will face, arguably, its biggest test in the Gators. Florida's offensive line is a big, physical and experienced group that has paved the way for an offense that leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing and is ranked No. 2 in the nation (284.6 yards a game).

"We feel like it's the best offensive line we'll face this year," Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said. "Or that we've seen so far."

Florida's line controlled LSU during its 13-3 win in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday.

The Gators didn't pile up points or yards, but kept the ball on the ground most of the game to grind out a win. Robinson said Florida's run game is very explosive, too, with quick backs Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey and Emmanuel Moody. All three are averaging better than 7.8 yards a carry.

So Bequette said Arkansas must be prepared for the challenge in the trenches.

"They come off the ball low and hard," Bequette said of Florida's offensive line. "They're not to be confused with a finesse team. They're very physical, very athletic. They're good."

Two-Minute Drill

• Running back Michael Smith appeared to be limited by his hamstring injury for the second straight practice Wednesday. Smith was on the field with the team, but did not participate in drills during the portion of practice open to the media.

Petrino was asked about Smith's status on the Southeastern Conference teleconference Wednesday morning. He said Smith was improving.

"He went out (Tuesday) and did some work, so hopefully we'll get more out of him (Wednesday) and he'll be ready for game time," Petrino said. • Receiver Jarius Wright was wearing a yellow, non-contact jersey Wednesday, but participated in practice for the second straight day after suffering a concussion in the first half against Auburn.

• Robinson complimented Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, saying the senior will "compete and compete and compete until the final bell." "He's a fabulous football player," Robinson said. "I admire the heck out of him. I think we all do."

Inside Scoop: More on Adams

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino provided a few more details concerning the minor stroke receiver Joe Adams suffered last week.

Petrino said on the SEC teleconference that Adams was complaining about a severe headache on Monday, but has a history of migraines. So the Razorbacks treated him for a migraine and Adams felt better Tuesday, practicing with the team.

However, he had a headache once again Wednesday. Petrino said the lights in a meeting room were bothering him, so Adams underwent an MRI. It revealed he had suffered a small stroke.

Adams attended Arkansas' practice for the second straight day Wednesday, watching teammates prepare for Saturday's game at Florida. Petrino said Adams' condition continues to improve, but doesn't know when he'll return.

"I just don't know what the timetable is, and that will be a discussion with the doctors and everybody that's working on it," Petrino said. "But he's feeling really good. It's good to see a smile on his face, and the fact that he's doing good, going to class, wants to be in the meetings, wants to come out to practice, all of that is very positive."

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