Arkansas Offense Ready For First SEC Test
Arkansas may be without starting quarterback Brandon Allen when Texas A&M rolls into Fayetteville this weekend for the Hog’s SEC opener. Backup AJ Derby is preparing for his second straight start, while Allen remains questionable after suffering a shoulder injury against Southern Miss.
“I think the more reps anyone gets they are going to get better,” said Center Travis Swanson. “Whether it is in practice or in a game or on scout team, every single rep you get counts.”
“You know this week he is a lot more comfortable,” said Fullback Kiero Small. “He is feeling good and hats off to AJ.”
No matter who lines up under center Saturday, the offense is going to have to find a way to hold its own. Johnny Manziel and the Aggies boast one of the best offenses in the nation, scoring more than 50 points per game.
“I feel like we need to just do whatever we can,” said Running Back Alex Collins. “Just get rolling, get a good feel and do better than how we did last Saturday. We need to be more efficient when we have the ball.”
“If we take care of what we got to take care of I think we will put the defense in good spots,” said Small. “We don’t want to put the defense in bad spots by not doing our job. I think if we take care of what we need to take care of we will be fine.”
There is little reason to expect the Hogs to move away from what has worked for them this season, which is running the football. Texas A&M has the worst rushing defense in the SEC, allowing more than 215 yards per game.
“You know we get excited,” said Collins. “Sticking to our game plan and hopefully we can break some big ones off.”
“We are going to just do what we have had success doing and that is running the ball,” said Swanson. “We have made an identity for ourselves and we are going to just get back to what we do good.”
“We have to take each opponent with great respect and play as hard as we can, so them being one of the worse defenses is nothing we really think about,” said Running Back Jonathan Williams. “We just have to play our game.”