Monday, January 2nd, 2012
RAZORBACKS SHARPEN FOCUS IN SECOND AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC PRACTICEARLINGTON -- The No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks continued their preparation for the No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats and 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a second workout at Cowboys Stadium.
“Today was a lot better than yesterday,” said offensive coordinator Paul Petrino. “I think yesterday we missed a couple of throws and weren’t quite as sharp as we wanted to be. I thought we had a good practice today. We were a lot sharper. Now we just need to build every day and get a little bit better each day so that on game day we are ready to get after it and have a real sharp game.”
Both Arkansas and Kansas State enter their Jan. 6 meeting with identical 10-2 overall records and potent offenses. Each team’s offense have found success in different ways this season -- the Razorbacks have excelled in the passing game (ranked 13th in the nation among Football Bowl Subdivision schools at 307.8 yards per game) while the Wildcats have done it with their ground game (ranked 27th in the nation at 193.7 ypg).
The Razorbacks come into the Classic as one of the most explosive offenses in the nation this season leading the Southeastern Conference in passing offense (307.8 ypg), total offense (445.8 ypg) and first downs (22.2 per game). The Hogs are ranked second in the SEC and 15th in the FBS in scoring offense (37.4 points per game).
Senior WR Jarius Wright noted that much of the team’s success on offense have come from being on the same page with the coaches’ offensive game plan all season.
“We’ve had the same goals,” commented Wright. “We work and strive for the same things. Being on the same page and all 11 guys doing their job at one time has just helped our offense just that much more and have made it that much easier.”
Wright was among five offensive starters and Paul Petrino to conduct a news conference at the media headquarters hotel in the afternoon following the team’s morning practice. Monday evening, the Razorbacks will experience another AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic favorite with a trip to Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Addison, Texas, for time-honored tradition of the Lawry’s Beef Bowl. After an evening of enjoying some prime Texas beef, Arkansas will be back on the practice field Tuesday afternoon for its third workout on the Cowboys Stadium turf. All of Arkansas’ practices for the week are CLOSED to the media and public.
The 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is Friday, Jan. 6 on FOX. The telecast starts at 7 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 7:32 p.m. Gus Johnson will handle the play-by-play duties with Charles Davis as the color analyst. Tim Brewster and former Dallas Cowboys great Daryl Johnston will serve as sideline reporters.
For the 20th consecutive year, the Classic will be heard around the world through the Westwood One Radio Network. Brad Sham, “The Voice of the Dallas Cowboys”, and former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue will be on the call.