From the For What It’s Worth Department, Arkansas has faced running quarterbacks the last two times out. Cam Newton’s day put him in the thick of the Heisman race with 25 carries, 188 yards and three touchdowns.
Texas A&M’s Jerrod Johnson wasn’t bad with eight carries for 40 yards. He had 52 yards on six carries before minus yardage from two sacks was figured in.
Ole Miss goes into this week’s game second in the SEC in rushing at 215.5 yards a game. Arkansas is 10th in the league in rushing defense (167.1 ypg), fifth in total defense, seventh in scoring defense.
Press conference notes to follow later today.
Updating from the presser
- Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt says he belives the emotion surrounding his departure as Arkansas coach has mostly “died down” but acknowledged that “a few” are probably still over there would really like to see the Hogs beat Houston.
- Tailback Brandon Bolden said the atmosphere was “crazy” the last time Ole Miss visited Arkansas. He remembers a chaotic scene in trying to get off the field after the Rebels’ 23-21 win. Nutt is 2-0 against his old team. The Rebels won 30-17 in Oxford last year. Says Bolden: “I’m pretty sure they still don’t like coach Nutt, just like we don’t like them.”
- Nutt said A.J. Hawkins, who was the regular center until last week at Alabama when he did not play because of injury, will start at right guard in place of the injured Logan Clair. Nutt praised the job freshman center Evan Swindall did against Alabama.
- Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino says QB Ryan Mallett, who sustained a concussion in the Razorbacks’ 65-43 loss at Auburn, is on course to practice Tuesday if he continues to exhibit no lingering symptoms.
- Petrino says he notices big changes in the Ole Miss offense with Jeremiah Masoli at QB. Masoli took a quick visit to Arkanas when he was leaving junior college before ultimately signing with Oregon.