Ross on the Rise

Perhaps it was simply his turn in the rotation. Maybe it was just a case of being the better option. It could have been all part of the plan. No matter the explanation, Bulldog sophomore wideout Fred Ross caught a season best five passes last weekend against Kentucky. With several talented options around him, the Texas native made the most of his chances when his number was called.

"I was just doing my job and running my routes," said Ross. "The O line did a job blocking for us and Dak (Prescott) did a great job getting me the ball."

The Bulldog wideouts have been especially dangerous after the catch. Ross reports that gaining additional yardage after securing the ball is a point of emphasis each and every week.

"We work on all of that every day in practice," said Ross. "We want to catch the ball, make a spin move and then making a move on the defender.

"We have been working hard on that and it's translating to the game.

"Some of that is natural ability and some if it's just from working hard.

"I just do my best to catch the ball and then do what God gave me the ability to do."

The Arkansas Razorbacks come to town hungry for a win. The improving Hogs are still looking for their first SEC win under head Coach Bret Bielema.

During film review this week, the Arkansas defense has impressed the talented Ross.

"They are a good team," said Ross of the Razorbacks. "They are a real physical football team. We know that they are going to come out hard and we're going to have to be ready.

"They run a lot of base defense and Coach G (Gonzalez) does a good job of teaching us what to look for. A lot of times when we see something in a game, we are prepared for it. Coach G gets us ready for all of that."

Ross enjoys being a leader in the stat column, but he reports that he is all about team success. Perhaps next season, Ross will be a starter for Coach Dan Mullen.

For now, Ross is happy in his role and eager to help the Bulldogs continue to win.

"That's all up the coaches," said Ross. "I am ready for whatever they want me to go and I am always ready when they give me a chance. I am just going to keep working and be ready when the team needs me to go make a play."


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