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Hogs Prepared For MSU QB Quandary

MSU head coach Dan Mullen isn't sure which of his three QBs will start against Arkansas but Bret Bielema all of them run the same basic offense.
FAYETTEVILLE--Razorback Football coach Bret Bielema seemed unconcerned at the possibility of his defense facing any of three Mississippi State quarterbacks when the two teams meet Saturday morning in Little Rock.

Noting injuries to his top two signal callers, Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen told reporters that senior Tyler Russell and sophomore Dak Prescott are day-to-day according to the team's trainer. Mullen suggested that his decision to take the redshirt off of freshman Damian Williams this season might pay off if Williams has to start against Arkansas.

"Whoever plays, they're going to be good and they're going to execute," Bielema told his own media Monday afternoon. "The plan doesn't change all that much in the execution of what we're going to do."

Bielema also noted that all three quarterbacks operate behind an offensive line that has impressed him. "They're just solid players from left to right. Play very, very aggressive. They protect their passer. The execute the run game," the head Hog explained. 

Bielema declared his own team healthy for the game especially with the addition of sophomore cornerback Will Hines who has been on the shelf with a broken arm since the Florida game.

"Will Hines, I don't know if he'll start but he'll definitely play," Bielema announced. "He looked really, really good through the two practices last week plus he's 100 percent cleared by the doctors."
 
Arkansas will be out to avoid a school record eight-game losing streak on Saturday. Bielema said that streak is being used against his staff in recruiting for the 2014 class.

"To see it come out in a "W," obviously it'll help more for us to hold up against our competition in the recruiting world because there's a lot of negative Nellie's out there that love to remind people of the schedule and streaks and all that jazz," Bielema admitted.

Ending that streak against the Bulldogs will not likely come easy. Mississippi State is coming off an impressive performance against top ranked Alabama. The Tide lead just 10-7 early in the 3rd quarter before recording a 20-7 win after Prescott was knocked out of the game in the final period with a shoulder injury.

Noting the first two of four turnovers MSU forced against Alabama Bielema said, "When they had that first pick you could just see it give life to that other side and when (T.J.)Yeldon put the ball on the ground that gave them a little bit more juice. They were playing hard. They were juiced. Let's hope they don't continue to find their way this weekend."


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