Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette sits Alabama
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas senior linebacker Jake Bequette will miss his second consecutive week when he sits for the Alabama game this weekend.
Coach Bobby Petrino said Thursday that Bequette's recovery from a hamstring injury didn't come far enough this week for him to be ready when the 14th-ranked Razorbacks play No. 3 Alabama at Tuscaloosa on Saturday.
Bequette was the team leader in sacks last year. He injured his hamstring in a Sept. 10 victory over New Mexico in Little Rock.
Petrino said he's hopeful that Bequette will be ready for the Oct. 1 game with No. 8 Texas A&M at Texas Stadium.
Arkansas looks to stop Alabama running attack
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson expects the most physical game of the season against Alabama on Saturday.
The No. 14 Razorbacks also know that stopping a Crimson Tide rushing attack that gained 347 yards last week will likely be key in their Southeastern Conference opener.
Trent Richardson (167 yards) and Eddie Lacy (161) became the first running backs to each rush for more than 150 yards in a game for Alabama in the win over North Texas, aided by runs of 43, 58, 67 and 71 yards.
The No. 3 Crimson Tide (3-0) is averaging 242 yards rushing per game this season, second in the SEC. Stopping that ground attack will be the toughest challenge of the season so for an experienced Arkansas (3-0) defense that entered the season with hopes of joining the SEC's elite.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.