Trick or Treating

John L. Smith

Arkansas head coach John L. Smith notes that his team has kept its head despite last Saturday's last-second loss to Ole Miss and he expects them to be ready for this weekend's game with visiting Tulsa.

Arkansas head coach John L. Smith knows this is Halloween week, but he doesn't want Tulsa to come over, trick his team and go home with a treat.

That treat would be the Hurricane's first win over Arkansas since 1976 – something they will be after Saturday at 11 a.m. with Homecoming at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Tulsa (7-1) lost its opener to Iowa State, but will come into its game with Arkansas (3-5) riding a seven-game winning streak.

"Tulsa is a good football team," Smith said. "They are 7-1, leading the nation in sacks (35) and score a lot of points."

Smith says that last Saturday's 30-27 loss to Ole Miss – which halted a two-game win streak – has not gotten the team down.

"We are going to continue to go out on the field and do what we have done all year long," Smith said, "and that's work hard, exhibit character and class. We have all season."

Arkansas will be without tight end Chris Gragg and tailback Knile Davis, both injured.

Tight ends Austin Tate and walk on Alex Voelzke have filled in for Gragg, who came back last week after three games out only to re-injure himself in the first half.

"They are good players," Smith said. "…What it does, not having Gragg of course, is that we expand the tight end's package with him in sending him down the field and in my routes. He can do that and that is his long suit.

"What you have to do with him out is kind of revert back and say we are going to do routes and do things with these guys – it is just not as the same as it is going to be with Gragg in there," Smith said.

Smith mentioned that Nate Holmes may be back at punt returner this week after Keante Minor had some struggles last week against Ole Miss.

He also said that there was no new update on wide receiver and back-up quarterback Brandon Mitchell, who was suspended last week for a violation of team rules.

"We are still trying to collect everything," Smith said. "Brandon is – right now – still where he was. I don't have any new news for you there."

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