Run Defense Working Hard For UAB

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Arkansas’ run defense was less than impressive last week against Georgia and there’s no better time to fix that then against UAB, right? Maybe not so much as the Blazers have a dynamic back field with Jordan Howard the leader with more than 750 yards.

“We take a lot of emphasis on their running back because like I said he runs the ball extremely hard, he averages like five yards a carry,” senior linebacker Martrell Spaight said. “We’re going to make sure we go out there and be physical in every aspect of the game.”

Arkansas fans worry about an unexpected upset, UAB did put up 34 points on Mississippi State, the number one team in the nation. If Arkansas is to improve on their run defense they must focus on themselves.

“That’s the thing that matters at this point in time, we got to get good at Arkansas,” linebackers coach Randy Shannon. “We can’t concentrate on what other teams are doing offensively and defensively. We will know what they are doing, but it’s up to us to execute the game plan.”

It almost sounds like broken record to hear these things week in and week out. Coaches evaluate themselves to see what they can do better, not just the players.

“That’s the one thing we do all the time is critique each other and ourselves hard on what we are trying to get done,” Shannon said. “Anything you put on the football field is a product of you. We try to get better each day, each week, each time.”

No game is an easy win but this will be a bit of breather from the tough SEC conference.



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