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Hogs Shift Gears For Florida

Stopping Johnny Manziel was the Razorbacks' focus a week ago. Offense is the key as Arkansas heads to the Swamp to face Florida.
FAYETTEVILLE--A week ago the Razorbacks were preparing to face Texas A&M which sports SEC's best offense, one so potent it would have taken 47 points to win the game. This week they're matched against the best defense in the conference statistically. Florida has been so dominant it is giving up more than 100 yards less per game that the SEC's number two defense and 278 fewer yards per game  than Texas A&M.

"They're fast, they're complex in the way they line up in front and their secondary's very, very aggressive. It'll be quite a challenge for us," Hogs offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said following Tuesday's practice.

Quite a challenge for the Razorbacks' running game which is averaging 237 yards per game on the ground while Florida is giving up just 53 and a half yards per game.

"We can't really think about that," sophomore running back Jonathan Williams stressed. "We have to focus on ourselves and it's definitely going to be exciting to go against a defense like that for sure."

Gators' defensive tackle Damien Jacobs called out the Razorbacks' offensive line suggesting they use dirty tactics after the whistle, pointing to senior center Travis Swanson in particular. "I just see from film, a lot of stuff after the play especially with the center, No. 64," Jacobs claimed.

"The young man that said those comments is a great player so I'm sure he can back it up," Arkansas' offensive line coach Sam Pittman said when asked about Jacobs' quote. "We're just going to go out there and to the best we can and hope we can block 'em."

Arkansas sophomore quarterback Brandon Allen acknowledged that he will be going up against the best defense he's faced since the only start of his freshmen year, a 52-0 loss to Alabama. "That experience is going to help me," Allen predicted. "It's not going to be a shock to me like that was," Allen added.

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