FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas struggled some to contain TCU quarterback Kenny Hill two weeks ago when Hill rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
The Hogs won the game 41-38 in double overtime, but Hill’s athleticism presented an apparent problem for the Arkansas defense at times throughout the contest. Many of Hill’s rushing yards came on scrambles.
This week, Arkansas faces another quarterback capable of doing damage with his legs in Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight. The Razorbacks and Aggies play at 9 p.m. Saturday in Arlington, Texas.
Asked about containing Knight considering his team’s struggles with Hill a few weeks ago, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said his team has to “prepare better.”
But he also pointed out that last week, Texas State quarterback Tyler Jones — who also has some running ability — was held in check.
“On the flip side of that, obviously, the competition level jumps up quite a bit,” Bielema said. “I think Trevor is a deceptive big man with speed. I think he’s got good size.
“They list him here at 6-1, 215. To me, he looks a lot taller than that and moves, but I think the part that we have to do … we really can’t control what they can do but we can control what we can do, and we’ve gotta play it better.”
Knight, who transferred to Texas A&M from Oklahoma last spring, has rushed for three touchdowns this season.
“He’s an impressive athlete,” said Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith. “He can make plays with his arm and with his feet. He’s good at extending plays. He can escape some things.
“There are some designed quarterback runs where he reads stuff. They are off to a very good start and obviously a big part of that is the way he’s played.”