FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas’ wide receivers are well aware of the challenge facing them Saturday against Florida (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS).
The Gators will bring the top pass defense in the SEC to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Through seven games, Florida leads the conference and is second nationally by giving up an average of 134 passing yards per game.
“It’s going to be a battle and we ain’t backing down from nobody,” Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith said Wednesday.
The most intriguing of the battles will feature Arkansas senior Keon Hatcher against Florida junior Jalen “Teez” Tabor. According to the latest CBS Sports 2017 NFL mock draft, Tabor is projected as the No. 9 overall pick.
“He’s a good player,” said Hatcher, who leads Arkansas with 5 touchdown catches this season. “I think they’ve got him pretty high on the draft boards. He’s a good player and I’m ready to go at it with him.
“I like going against the top guys. Guys that they’re high on, I want to go out there and show them my work and show them I can play at a high level, too.”
Hatcher has already had some success this season against a highly regarded NFL prospect. He snagged one of his 2 touchdowns against Alabama over redshirt sophomore Marlon Humphrey, who is slotted to go No. 5 overall in CBS Sports’ projection.
“I feel like any team we got against, we’re going to have one of the better receiver groups they’ve gone against,” Hatcher said. “That’s just how I feel about our receiving corps. We’ve got some guys that can go out there and make plays, and most of the time we go do that.”