"They are balanced, strong running and throwing," defensive end Jake Bequette said of the Pirates, the Hogs' foe in the Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2. "You have to account for those two running backs, stop the run and then hopefully widen your stance and rush the passer when you get them in third and long."
The Arkansas practices have included some experiments with personnel, including some switches from offense. Wide receiver Lance Ray worked at cornerback on Wednesday. Running back De'Anthony Curtis tried cornerback on Thursday. Colton Nash, a tight end this past season, continues to work at defensive end in bowl workouts. Ross Raner has logged some time at jack linebacker, although he's more likely to see time in the bowl at strong safety.
If Rasner is at jack linebacker, his job in the bowl will be to chase Harris. That's what Jerico Nelson said he's doing as the Hogs prepare for East Carolina.
"My job will be to follow No. 17. Find him on the field and go to him. That's what we are working on right now, finding No. 17 on the field in their formations."
That may not be so easy. Harris plays all over the field, including some stints at quarterback in a running Wildcat formation. Harris has caught 79 passes for 914 yards. He's also run the ball 31 times for 149 yards. He has six TDs receiving, five running. He's also scored three times on kick returns with 914 yards.
"He's a great player," Nelson said. "He is a true playmaker. He does a lot of things for their team."
The Hogs are trying to find some guys who can do a lot of things. The latest trial move had running back Curtis at cornerback. Several praised him after Thursday's workout.
"He picked it up," defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said of Curtis. "The good thing is that I have a great relationship with De'Anthony so that made this easy. He's been on offense so you sometimes don't know what they might think of you, but working with him has been no problem.
"He's a good player. I've worked with him on special teams. We need to find a home for him. He's a natural athlete."
Cornerback Ramon Broadway liked what he saw of Curtis, but said he has to learn some new skill.
"He runs straight ahead pretty good," Broadway said. "But at cornerback, a lot of what you do calls for back pedaling. He's having to get used to that. He can do it. He'll be good there."
Robinson said Colton Nash continues to do well in his switch back to defense after spending the fall at tight end.
"What he has done that has helped him is a lot of work on the one-man sled," Robinson said of Nash. "He's got great hips and is country strong. He's done well."
The Hogs worked inside Walker Pavilion with their morning workout, then coaches hit the road to recruit. That's how it's been mostly this week, coaches leaving after practice to recruit.
"We are organized and highly structured so it's not been a problem," Robinson said. "We've gotten what we need done. We've been here early. We had some guys on the road, but they were all here at 7 a.m. this morning."
Rasner said the workouts have helped the youngsters progress at a fast clip.
"I think what you've seen is that we are learning a lot about the defense," Rasner said. "We are picking up more and more of what we do. And, we have gotten in some physical work."
Where does Rasner see himself lining up for the Razorbacks next year?
"That doesn't matter," he said. "I played inside linebacker a lot in high school. I played safety, too. I've played jack linebacker some here, but also a lot of safety. I'd say how I do in the weight room, how big I get, will determine my future position. It could change as I add weight. Doesn't matter."
Robinson said, "I see him right now as a tight safety, or the strong. But we have looked at him as Nelson's backup at the jack position. He's worked there. We probably need to get Rasner more work there in case something happens to Nelson."