FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas’ defense is no stranger to facing up-tempo offenses. The No. 17 Hogs are set to face their sixth fast-paced, no-huddle style this week at No. 21 Auburn.
Yet the Razorbacks still struggled to get set before the ball was snapped at times last Saturday in a 34-30 win over Ole Miss.
So has getting set been a point of emphasis this week? Absolutely, defensive backs coach Paul Rhoads said Tuesday.
“It’s was the No. 1 emphasis today in what we’re trying to accomplish,” Rhoads said. “They’re always a number of things that go into it. Post-snap attention to the next play and what you’re supposed to do is certainly a piece of it. Getting calls sooner and getting calls that you can aline to faster is a piece of it. And then just the urgency of our kids to recognize formations and get aligned and get their eyes where they’re supposed to be all plays into that urgency of facing tempo offenses.”
Some of the issues getting set against Ole Miss came as a result of the Hogs celebrating too long.
“We are going to cut that out,” said junior safety Josh Liddell. “You can’t worry about what happened last play. You can’t celebrate. You can’t high five each other. You just have to get the call, line up and get ready for the next play. That’s the key against Auburn.”