Hogs Serious at Liberty Bowl

How does the attitude compare to the last Arkansas bowl trip? The Hogs are in business mode at the Liberty Bowl.

Senior Malcolm Sheppard said the thoughts from the Arkansas players for the Liberty Bowl are work first. The veteran defensive tackle compared it to the last UA trip, the Cotton Bowl two years ago.

"We're more focused for his bowl more than any other bowl we've been at," Sheppard said. "Usually, most guys like to go out and party, and it's fun. But for the most part, we have been focused on the game.

"The Cotton Bowl was loose. The D-coordinator was our head coach. Nobody was really focused on the game, because there was a lot going on. A lot of players were loyal to Coach Nutt. It was a confusing time for everybody. The commitment to the team wasn't there for that game.

"Everything is structured for this game. We know why we are here, what we want to do. We have been having great practices since we've been down here."

Defensive end Adrian Davis remembers the Cotton Bowl preparations, too.

"Some of the coaches on the staff were about to leave, so nobody really wanted to play the game," he said. "We were just there to be there. This year, we are here to win and we've prepared that way every day. I think a lot of us probably wanted to go home in the middle of that (Cotton) Bowl game."

That doesn't mean there isn't time for some fun. Linebacker Jerry Franklin notes the work is taken care of first.

"We have practice early, so we have the rest of the day to ourselves," Franklin said. "We walk down to Beale, listen to some music."

It's time to play a game, Franklin said.

"We're tired of talking about this game," Franklin said. "We want to hit somebody else."

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