Defense is the name of the game for Arkansas football in 2013. The offense may have plenty of questions and new faces replacing quarterback Tyler Wilson, running back Knile Davis and receiver Coby Hamilton.
However the defensive front returns four upper classmen, all guys who saw plenty of playing time last year. In 2012 the defense was the question. In 2013 the defense has to be the answer, and the guys along the front line know that it's up to them.
"That's the approach we take to the game,” said junior defensive end Trey Flowers. “We got to have a winning attitude, winning each and every day and every rep and sooner or later we're going to win each and every game."
"As long as they are getting better each day, that's all I can ask for,” said defensive coordinator Chris Ash. “Are we ready to play an SEC game? Not even close. We still have plenty of time. I'll be happy and excited about the product that we're ready to put on the field for game one. But day three, we got a long way to go.”
The defense may not have many freshmen getting playing time, but overall the coaches say they like what they see from the young kids so far this week. Bret Bielema says the freshman have been impressive and don’t be surprised if you see a few getting serious playing time.
“There's going to be three, four, five maybe six kids out of that freshmen class or junior college transfers that can help us win a game,” said Bielema. “I challenged them before the summer and you can tell they bought into it.”
“I think they are all working hard,” said offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. “I haven't noticed any freshmen who look bad. I haven't noticed that one bit. They're fitting in good and competing. Most importantly they're getting along with the upperclassmen. “