Dec. 21, 2011
By Mark Janssen
K-State Sports Extra
Scouting the No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks (10-2) is relatively easy, according to Kansas State coach Bill Snyder: “They’re good at everything and anything you can think of. They run well, they’re a fast football team and a physical football team.”
A team that, he notes, passes for 285 yards per game with a 63 percent completion rate and 24 touchdowns, but also a running attack that accounts for 138 yards per game and an additional 25 touchdowns.
Oh, and in Joe Adams the Razorbacks have a punt returner who averages 16.2 yards and has three touchdowns, two kickoff return men who have tallied and average 26 yards per return, and a kicker who is 18-of-24 on field goals with a long of 50 yards.
On defense, Snyder says, “They’re a little bit like Miami.” And on offense, “They’re maybe a little bit like Texas A&M.”
Snyder added, “They’re just a well-balanced football team. They have strengths in all facets of the game.”
NUMBERS FAVOR WILDCATS: K-State’s rushing average of 194 ranks 29th in the nation, while Arkansas ranks 81st in rushing at 138; K-State’s rushing defense of 131 ranks 30th nationally, while Arkansas ranks 79th at 174; K-State’s turnover margin of plus-13 ranks No. 7 in the nation, while Arkansas ranks No. 60 at 0.0; K-State ranks No. 10 in kickoff returns at 25.5, to an Arkansas average of 23.2 that ranks No. 34.
NUMBERS FAVOR RAZORBACKS: Arkansas’s 308 passing yards ranks 13th in the nation, while K-State ranks No. 109 at 150 yards per game; Arkansas’ total offense of 446 ranks 27th in the country to K-State’s average of 343 which ranks 96th; Arkansas pass defense of 197 ranks 27th in the country to K-State’s 267 which ranks 104th; Arkansas total defense of 371 ranks 37th in the nation, while K-State ranks No. 71 at 399; Arkansas ranks No. 15 in punt returns at 12.8, while K-State is 55th at 8.1.
THE LOSSES: No. 6 Arkansas’ only losses this season were to No. 3 Alabama, 38-14, on Sept. 24, and No. 1 LSU, 41-17, on Nov. 25.
No. 8 K-State’s only losses were to Oklahoma, 58-17, on Oct. 29, and to No. 3 Oklahoma State, 52-45, on Nov. 5.
THE SCHEDULE: Snyder indicated that the majority of the practice time prior to this week has been directed toward the younger Wildcats, but now the focus is on the University of Arkansas and the Cotton Bowl meeting on Jan. 6.
K-State worked out four times last week, and this week practices were/are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The Wildcats will be given five days off for the holidays before reporting back to the K-State campus on Dec. 29. The team will then leave for Dallas, Texas, on Dec. 31.
SPECIAL TIMES: Along with daily practices in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium, the Wildcats will be treated to some special activities, plus daily media sessions.
Saturday – Cowboys Stadium Welcome; Sunday – K-State Media Day; Monday – Defensive press conference; Tuesday – Offensive press conference and Lawry’s Beef Bowl; Wednesday – Head coaches press conference, visit of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital; Thursday – AT&T Big Play Luncheon and K-State Pep Rally; Friday – Samsung AT&T Huddle Up, Cowboys Stadium, 7:32 p.m. 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
FOR THE FANS: K-State’s Alumni Association will host a pregame pep rally on Thursday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Gates will open at 4 p.m. Additional information is available through www.k-statesports.com/bowlgame.
YOUNGSTERS WHO HAVE IMPRESSED: Quizzed about newcomers and young players who have stepped up in the early practices, Snyder gave this list of names who have impressed:
Offense – Cody Whitehair (OL), Zach Trujillo (TE), Boston Stiverson (OL), Drew Liddle (OL), Zach Nemechek (TE), Daniel Sams (QB), Robert Rose (RB), DeMarcus Robinson (RB).
Defense – Dorian Roberts (DB), Kip Daily (DB), Laton Dowling (DL).
THE INJURED: Tyler Lockett is reportedly doing fine since suffering a lacerated kidney during the Oklahoma State game, but Snyder said “in all likelihood” he will not play in the Cotton Bowl.
SERIES RECORD: K-State and Arkansas have played four times with the Wildcats wining three of those games. The most recent game was in 1967 in Little Rock with Arkansas winning, 28-7. K-State’s wins came in 1926 (16-7), 1911 (3-0 in Kansas City) and 1910 (5-0).
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