Game Preview: Tennessee at Arkansas

Check out InsideTennessee.com's breakdown of the the Vols match up with Arkansas in Fayetteville.


KICKOFF: Saturday, 5:04 p.m. EST
GAMEDATE: 11/12/11
SITE: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Ark.
SURFACE: Turf
TV: ESPN2
RECORDS: Tennessee 4-5, 0-5 SEC; Arkansas 8-1, 4-1 SEC

KEYS TO THE GAME:

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS

The Volunteers are going to have to play excellent pass defense this week in Fayetteville. Tennessee will likely be challenged more by Bobby Petrino and the Arkansas offense than they have all season. If they are able to weather the storm early, settle in on defense and play with equal intensity in the second half they may have a chance against the Razorbacks.

NO. 8 ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS

Arkansas must affect the Tennessee offense early and often. Justin Worley is making his first road start as a quarterback for the Orange and White. If they are able to keep pressure on Worley and get the Vols offense frustrated it could be a very long day for Tennessee.

FAST FACTS:

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (4-5)

— Tennessee is 13-3 all time against Arkansas and 2-2 in Fayetteville.

— UT is playing its school record sixth night game of the 2011 season.

— Tennessee is 27-31 scoring in the red zone in 2011 at 87.1 percent that ranks 4th in the Southeastern Conference.

NO. 8 ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (8-1)

— Arkansas has returned two punts and two kickoffs for touchdown in 2011, Arkansas' highest total in those areas since 1964.

— Arkansas has recorded 205 first downs in 2011, which ranks first in the Southeastern Conference.

— Arkansas has thrown for over 300 yards in 24 of 47 games under head coach Bobby Petrino.

STAT LEADERS:

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (3-4)

Justin Worley — 33-58, 396 yds., 1 TD/2 INT

Tauren Poole — 145 att., 513 yds., 4 TD

Da'Rick Rogers — 50 catches, 780 yds., 7 TD

NO. 8 ARKANSAS (8-1)

Tyler Wilson - 195-316, 2626 yds., 15 TD/4 INT

Dennis Johnson - 66 att., 411 yds., 1 TD

Jarius Wright - 48 catches, 812 yds., 9 TD

WHAT A WIN MEANS:

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (4-5)

For Tennessee, a win against Arkansas on the road could be a serious spring board into the remaining two games of the season. Derek Dooley is still searching for his first conference win of 2011 and people are beginning to get restless in Knoxville. The Volunteers have never been winless through six conference games. Can they keep it that way?

NO. 8 ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (8-1)

For Arkansas, a win is important to keep their BCS bowl hopes alive. They have set themselves up in a great position and they still have the No. 1 team in the country left on the schedule. The possibilities are endless if that Razorbacks take care of the Vols on their home turf.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (4-5)

Justin Worley (freshman, quarterback)

Worley is making his first start on the road as a quarterback for the Volunteers. There is no doubt the No. 8 team in the country is going to bring a rowdy crowd to Saturday's game.

Worley is going to have to stay poised and controlled for Tennessee to have a chance. If he is able to put together a similar effort to that of his game against MTSU Tennessee might have a chance.

Marlin Lane (freshman, running back)

Tennessee fans got their first look at the wildcat package with Marlin Lane in the backfield. They will likely see more of it today and Lane will be the key.

The freshman ran the package in high school and has said that he can throw the ball as well. Tennessee is going to have to do some things differently offensively to catch the Razorbacks off guard. Can Lane get involved in the passing game?

Malik Jackson (senior, defensive lineman)

Jackson is going to have to come up big for Tennessee against the Razorbacks. If Tyler Wilson is given the proper amount of time then he will carve the Tennessee defense like a Thanksgiving Turkey.

The senior tackle needs to be a disruptive force on the interior of the Tennessee defensive line and get into the Razorback backfield to force Wilson out of the pocket. If he can't it will be a long day for the Vols.

NO. 8 ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS

Tyler Wilson (junior, quarterback)

Wilson is the key to the Razorback offense. If he has the kind of day that he is capable of it is hard to imagine Tennessee being in the game.

The junior quarterback is without a doubt the best in the conference and as long as he takes care of the football he should have a field day with a struggling Tennessee secondary.

Jarius Wright (senior, wide receiver)

Wright is one of the 'single-digit guys' that Derek Dooley has been referencing all week. Wright is an absolute speedster.

He also takes care of the return duties where the Razorbacks have flourished in 2011. If he comes out with a full head of steam it could be dangerous in several ways.

Joe Adams (senior, wide receiver)

It's all offense when it comes to the hawgs. Adams is another piece of that puzzle. If he gets loose look out because no one in the Tennessee secondary will catch him.


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