FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema addressed the media Monday as the Hogs prepare to face Mississippi State on Saturday (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU).
The Razorbacks (6-4, 2-4 SEC) are coming off a 38-10 loss to LSU.
Here’s the rundown of what Bielema had to say:
- Sunday the team watched the LSU film. The message was: “Obviously we didn’t play our best. To come out and do what we did was not acceptable.”
- Injury updates: Safety De’Andre Coley should be back Tuesday or Wednesday. No one else was significantly injured against LSU.
- Bielema expects Mississippi State to be “hungry” and adds QB Nick Fitzgerald is “playing really, really well.”
- Bielema is unconcerned about QB Austin Allen’s struggles with accuracy the past couple weeks.
- Bielema sees some similarities between what Mississippi State does with Fitzgerald and what they used to do with now Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.
- “LSU is tremendously talented. When those guys are humming, they are incredibly hard to beat.” Bielema points to the number of Louisiana and LSU players in the NFL as his evidence.
- On Mississippi State’s 51-3 loss to Alabama: “Well, Alabama has made a lot of teams not look so good. (Mississippi State) has improved all season and we expect to get their best effort.”
- Bielema had a “come to Jesus meeting” with wide receiver Dominique Reed on Sunday after he was late for a workout. “He’s 50/50 and if he continues to be that, that’s the amount of playing time he’ll get.”
- On the run defense against LSU: “There were the exact same plays within minutes of each other and some would go for no gain then another for a big gain. We just didn’t play at the level we played the week before.”
- The team will practice with crowd noise to make the players well aware of the cowbells and noise at Mississippi State. “We’ve already played in some really loud venues.”
- On LB/DE Randy Ramsey: “He’s got great awareness. Nobody is playing harder than him. He’ll continue to get better.”
- Sophomore LB Dre Greenlaw is not running yet, but Bielema is optimistic he could be available for the bowl game. He broke his foot and had surgery after the Alabama game.
- On freshman RB Devwah Whaley running over LSU S Jamal Adams: “For a personal moment, Devwah was very excited about that play. Devwah is an exciting player. Him and Rawleigh together could be a very formidable tandem.”
- Bielema believes Rawleigh Williams III is “on the trajectory” to potentially enter the NFL draft after his junior season.
- Bielema talked with C Frank Ragnow and WR Jared Cornelius, both juniors, during the bye week about both possibly looking into leaving early for the NFL. “We can get a good feel for where we think they can go.” Bielema says they put that to rest until after the season “then we’ll fill out the paperwork and see where it goes.”
- “I think the part on Sunday that was more aggravating to me was the seniors aren’t going to have a great memory of their last home game. You’ll never get that one back.”
- On Allen’s two first-down interceptions: “If there’s anything I told Austin, it’s we’re not going to tolerate first-down interceptions.”