It's the weekly Top 10 keys to victory, as picked by HI.com publisher Clay Henry. Arkansas plays…
Thursday Grid Update, 9/12
Bielema, the Arkansas head coach, revealed that tidbit Thursday after the final major practice of the week before an 11:21 a.m. kickoff Saturday against Southern Mississippi.
Among other news from Thursday, Bielema said linebacker Otha Peters will play, but a cast to protect an arm that was broken in August probably means there won't be a heavy load for him on defense. He will play mainly in special teams. When he does slide into the defensive rotation, Bielema said it would be at middle linebacker.
Tight end Austin Tate, returning from shoulder surgery, would dress out and participate in warm-ups, but would not play. Safety Rohan Gaines is very doubtful with a knee bruise. Gaines has been available for limited work this week after missing last week's game. Gaines would be evaluated in pre-game warmups.
"I don't think Rohan will be with us," Bielema said. "But there is still a chance for him in a limited role (against Southern Miss)."
Skipper and Kirkland are in protections on special teams. Kirkland got "around 20 snaps" in the opener, but played less against Samford.
"We have some schemes to use (Kirkland and Skipper) on defense and we have some special packages for them on offense," Bielema said. "As we move through the schedule and we get in a situation where there are a lot of snaps, we'll use them more. If you don't use a redshirt, we want to get maximum use. I think that's why we want to increase the role (on defense) for Brooks Ellis and D. J. Dean."
Defensive end Trey Flowers is full speed after sitting out last week.
"I don't think Trey will miss a beat this week," Bielema said. "Otha will play, just don't know how much."
Bielema said it was a good week of practices capped "by our best practice" among Thursdays of the season.
"I think we are locked in and crisp," he said, noting later that it doesn't matter the opponent as far as preparations. He was asked about playing an 0-2 Southern Miss team coming off a winless season.
"I appreciate where you are coming from with the question, but I think it's the same for us whether or not you are playing an Alabama or a Southern Miss, the record doesn't matter," Bielema said. "Our preparations are the same."
Bielema was asked about work against the influence trap play that bothered the Hogs against Samford.
"They had success with it and all coaches steal," Bielema said. "We expect to see it again. That makes sense.
"We came across the face of the tackle when they showed the hole. We hadn't seen that play, but we have now."
Bielema said his review of the tape showed that the pass interference penalty against tight end Hunter Henry "was proper," but he knows it provided a great coaching point for the freshman this week in practice.
"He got caught in a technique and we corrected that," he said. "He was not trying to block. The intent was not there, but you can see why it was called."
HawgsIllustrated.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Week 12 Key Matchups
Dr. Roto highlights each and every game upcoming for Week 12 and a Fantasy matchup to monitor within. Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (pictured above) makes his return against the less-than-stellar…Read More
The 10 Biggest Anti-Knife Cities In The U.S.
If you're a hunter or an outdoorsman like us, chances are you carry some sort of pocket knife or multi-tool with a blade at all times. If you visit some of these cities your every-day tool could put…Read More
OU's Perine rushes into record books
Norman has seen a lot of special days, but few will compare to what Samaje Perine did Saturday in rushing for 427 yards and five touchdowns.Read More
6 Biggest Man-to-Man Rivalries in Sports
From Pierce and Lebron to Peyton and Tom to Ali and Frazier, we're celebrating love/hate on and off the field of play.Read More
Apache Administers Death to Taliban (VIDEO)
The Apache helicopter is one of the most famed and efficient killing machines in the U.S Army. Get the skinny on this 'steel dragon' and watch what one does to a platoon of Taliban fighters in…Read More