AU Defense Impresses Arkansas Coach

Comments from University of Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt are featured.

Fayetteville, Ark.--Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt says the 2005 Auburn team reminds him of the 2004 squad that won the SEC title and all 13 of its games.

Nutt's Razorbacks will take on 4-1 Auburn at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks, who are 2-3 overall, are still looking for their first conference win after suffering close losses at home to Vanderbilt and on the road at Alabama. Auburn is 2-0 in the SEC.

"You don't see much difference, especially when you look at them on the defensive side of the ball," Nutt says when asked about the 2005 Tigers. "They are fast group that loves to play the game. Very physical. They will hit you.

"I love their linebackers," the coach adds. "The Williamses (seniors Travis Williams and Antarrious Williams) are just outstanding and to me they represent what SEC football is about.

"Then they have got some great defensive linemen," Nutt says. "To me it looks like they just change names, they don't change physical stature, they don't change speed. They just change the name on the back of the jersey.

"Offensively, anytime you lose three first round draft picks (Ronnie Brown, Carnell Williams and Jason Campbell) you are not as good, but it seems like to me they have gotten better since the first game. They have just improved, improved, improved. When you have got a defense like that, it really helps the offense because they get more chances."

Nutt says despite his team's slow start in SEC play, he is still talking to his players about winning the division. "Anything can happen in the wild, wild west," Nutt contends. "That is the biggest theme. So many times two losses in the West have gotten you a trip to the championship game."
Auburn is looking for a third straight victory over the Razorbacks. The Tigers won 38-20 last year in Auburn and knocked off a Top 10 Razorback team 10-3 two years ago in Fayetteville.

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