Jacobs calls Arkansas offensive line ‘dirty'

Florida head coach Will Muschamp called Arkansas center Travis Swanson the best center the Gators will face this year. On Tuesday, senior defensive tackle Damien Jacobs called Swanson and the Arkansas offensive line dirty. The Gators are preparing for a physical offensive line on Saturday, and after their early film study, Florida knows it has to be smart after the whistle.

There's no question that Arkansas wants to run the football on Saturday in The Swamp. The Gators are preparing for it. Arkansas has a similar mindset on offense to the one Florida uses. The Razorbacks are physical at the line of scrimmage and want to impose their will on the opposing defense.

But after the whistle blows, senior defensive tackle Damien Jacobs sees more happening.

"They're real physical," Jacobs said. "I think they're a little chippy. They're a little dirty, so we're going to have to be ready for it all this week."

Travis Swanson is the Arkansas center that has drawn praise from multiple Florida players and coaches. Jacobs, after talking about how impressive Swanson is on the field, said the Arkansas center is the main player he has seen on film that is active when the play is over.

"He's a good athlete after the play," Jacobs said. "He makes you want to do something to him. We're gonna have to try to keep our temper and keep cool on that."

The Florida players think the best way to keep things from happening after the play is by simply beating the Arkansas offensive line off the ball.

"Just keep hitting him until he quit," Jacobs said. "That's how we do it."

The challenge is clear for Florida. They're facing a team that doesn't hide what they want to do. Arkansas uses its two-back attack of freshman Alex Collins and sophomore Jonathan Williams to impose its will and control the clock. Collins is second in the league in rushing while Williams is sixth.

"They're going to be physical," Jacobs said. "They're going to definitely try to come out and establish their will. They're a team just like our offense. They going to line up there, run it there, and they're going to run it there until you stop them.

"We've got to strap it up this week. It's going to be fun."

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