Live with Jim Harris – Alabama at Arkansas


UPDATE: Player interviews with Brandon Allen, Trey Flowers and Allen Turner.

It’s game day: Alabama at Arkansas as the Razorbacks search for the team’s first SEC win of the Bielema Era. Today’s game time is set for 5 p.m. in Fayetteville and will be televised on ESPN.

Jim Harris will be posting his thoughts throughout the game here, so check this page often. (Scroll down about halfway and you’ll see the posts from Jim.)

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Wide Receivers Coach Michael Smith on Alabama’s secondary: “They have a lot of really good players.  We played against a lot of those guys last year.  I know Coach Nick Saban coaches the corners so I know those guys are going to be up for the challenge.  They’re going to come in here and try to disrupt us so I’ve been challenging my guys.  They’re going to be ready to play and we have to be ready to play.”

Tight Ends Coach Barry Lunney Jr. on play-action passes: “The play-action pass is a compliment when you run the ball successfully.  It’s not just about running it, it’s about running it successfully and we’ve been able to do that.  Every game that we’ve played so far, to different degrees, it’s been successful.  When that happens guys load the box and get concentrated on the run, get a little bit more downhill than they should, and it opens up some play-action.”

Offensive Line Coach Sam Pittman on Alabama’s linebackers: “They read their keys really well.  They play downhill.  They tackle well and are very physical guys.  They all can really run.  They’re well coached and get their eyes where they’re supposed to be.  They’ll come up and hit you.  Sometimes you don’t block a guy and he doesn’t make the tackle, but that’s not the case with Alabama.  If you don’t block him, he’s going to make the tackle.  That’s just how it is.”

Sophomore Tight End Hunter Henry on playing four quarters: “We’re working on that in practice.  It’s definitely a big emphasis for us on the bye week.  We’ve been working on having a perfect fourth quarter and finishing.  That’s one of our big goals—to finish games.  We’ve been so close and we’re not tying it up at the end.”

Henry on Alabama’s defense having to transition from the spread to get ready for Arkansas: “I don’t think it’s a big advantage.  They’re a great defense and they have a lot of great players over there that are big and fast.  I think they’re going to adjust perfectly and we’re going to play a fourth quarter ballgame.”

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