Muschamp Impressed by Razorback Runners

Auburn's defensive coordinator comments on the Arkansas offense.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's defensive coordinator says that his Tigers will face one of the nation's top running attacks on Saturday morning at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn, 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference, will take on 3-1 Arkansas, which is 2-0 in the conference, with first place in the SEC West on the line.

Arkansas leads the SEC in rushing and Auburn is second. Will Muschamp, Auburn's defensive coordinator, says stopping the Razorback runners will be a challenge.

"There is no question they have as good a running game as there is in the country," Muschamp says. "You take (Darren) McFadden, (Felix) Jones, (Peyton) Hillis and all of the talented guys they have. They are always physical and tough up front so we have our work cut out for us to play physical and fast."

Muschamp says those backs also run behind talented linemen, a group the Auburn coach calls "outstanding."

"Felton and Ugoh have been three and four year starters," Muschamp says. "They are always tough up front. Luigs is a guy we recruited at LSU. He is an outstanding player with quickness who gets on the second level. They do an outstanding job of running the football every year."

Tony Ugoh is a 6-5, 305 senior left tackle. Robert Felton is a a 6-4, 316 junior right guard. Jonathan Luigs is a 6-4, 305 sophomore center.

The Razorbacks start 6-3, 205 true freshman Mitch Mustain at quarterback. Commenting on how the Tigers plan to defend Mustain, Muschamp says, "You have got to be multiple in this league. You can't do one thing all of the time. You have got to give them different looks--coverage, pressure and really disguise well regardless if he is a freshman or senior.

"This kid is a talented kid," Muschamp adds. "He has got great arm talent. He is very comfortable in the system. It is a system he has been running so we have got to mix it up on him."

Opponents have only sacked the Arkansas QBs four times this season while Auburn has 17 sacks. "They do a good job on their play-action game," Muschamp says. "Their quarterback does good a job when they do spread it out getting rid of the ball. We just have got to mix it up and find the right matchups in the rushes, pressure them a little bit here and there and see if we can get to him."


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