Scouting Report: "Arkansas Has It All"

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Preparation is in full gear for one of the glamour bowl games of the 2011 season as No. 6 Arkansas and No. 8 Kansas will be matching 10-2 records in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. In general, it will be a matchup of the Wildcats' ground attack versus the air show of the Razorbacks.

Scouting the 10-2 and No. 6 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks is relatively easy, according to Kansas State coach Bill Snyder: "They're good at everything and anything you can think of. They run well, they're a fast football team and a physical football team."

A team, that he notes, passes for 285 yards per game with a 63 percent completion rate and 24 touchdowns, but also a running attack that accounts for 138 yards per game and an additional 25 touchdowns.

Oh, and in Joe Adams the Razorbacks have a punt returner who averages 16.2 yards and has three touchdowns, two kickoff return men who have scored and average 26 yards per return, and a kicker who is 18-of-24 on field goals with a long of 50 yards.

On defense, Snyder says, "They're a little bit like Miami." And on offense, "They're maybe a little bit like Texas A&M."

Snyder added, "They're just a well-balanced football team. They have strengths in all facets of the game."

NUMBERS FAVOR WILDCATS:

KSU's rushing average of 194 ranks 29th in the nation, while Arkansas ranks 81st in rushing at 138; KSU's rushing defense of 131 ranks 30th nationally, while Arkansas ranks 79th at 174; KSU's turnover margin of plus-13 ranks No. 7 in the nation, while Arkansas ranks No. 60 at 0.0; K-State ranks No. 10 in kickoff returns at 25.5, to Arkansas average of 23.2 that ranks No. 34.

NUMBERS FAVOR RAZORBACKS:

Arkansas's 308 passing ranks 13th in the nation, while K-State ranks No. 109 at 150 yards per game; Arkansas' total offense of 446 ranks 27th in the country to K-State's average of 343 which ranks 96th; Arkansas pass defense of 197 ranks 27th in the country to KSU's 267 which ranks 104th; Arkansas total defense of 371 ranks 37th in the nation, while K-State ranks No. 71 at 399; Arkansas ranks No. 15 in punt returns at 12.8, while K-State is 55th at 8.1.

THE LOSSES:

No. 6 Arkansas' only losses this season were to No. 3 Alabama, 38-14, on Sept. 24, and No. 1 LSU, 41-17, on Nov. 25.

No. 8 K-State's only losses were to Oklahoma, 58-17, on Oct. 29, and to No. 3 Oklahoma State, 52-45, on Nov. 5.

THE SCHEDULE:

Snyder indicated that the majority of the practice time prior to this week has been directed toward the younger Wildcats, but now the focus is on the University of Arkansas and the Cotton Bowl meeting on Jan. 6.

K-State worked out four times during final's week last week, and this week practices were/are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Wildcats will be given five days off for the Christmas holidays before reporting back to the K-State campus on Dec. 29. The team will then leave for Dallas, Texas, on Dec. 31.

YOUNGSTERS WHO HAVE IMPRESSED:

Quizzed about newcomers and young players who have stepped up in the early practices, Snyder gave this list of names who have impressed:

Offense – Cody Whitehair (OL), Zach Trujillo (TE), Boston Stiverson (OL), Drew Liddle (OL), Zach Nemechek (TE), Daniel Sams (QB), Robert Rose (RB), Demarcus Robinson (RB).

Defense – Dorian Roberts (DB), Kip Daily (DB), Laton Dowling (DL).

THE INJURED:


Tyler Lockett is reportedly doing fine since suffering a lacerated kidney during the Oklahoma State game, but Snyder said "in all likelihood" he will not play in the Cotton Bowl. Snyder indicated that in all probability offensive tackle Manase Foketi would be an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA after missing the last 10 games with an injury. Official paper work cannot be filled until the end of the season.

SERIES RECORD:

K-State and Arkansas have played four times with the Wildcats wining three of those games. The most recent game was in 1967 in Little Rock with Arkansas winning, 28-7. K-State's wins came in 1926 (16-7), 1911 (3-0 in Kansas City) and 1910 (5-0).

COMPARING 2011 STATS:

KSU ARK
RECORD 10-2 10-2
SCORING 33.1 32.4
RUSHING 194 138
PASSING 150 308
TOTAL OFFENSE 344 446
SCORING DEF. 27.8 22.7
RUSHING DEF. 131 174
PASSING DEF. 267 197
TOTAL DEFENSE 398 371
TURNOVER MARGIN +13 O.0


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