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Arkansas Coach Chad Morris talks about Finishing Games

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - By Otis Kirk

Arkansas coach Chad Morris has seen his team lose a second-half lead about both Colorado State and Ole Miss as well as come up short on the final drive against Texas A&M.

On Wednesday, he talked about finishing games stronger and getting some wins.

"We just have to find ways," Morris said. "I guess if I knew the exact answer to that I’d probably there’s a lot of coaches across the country would be wanting to find out what it is. The main thing is we’ve just got to continue - when those pressure situations arise our fundamentals have got to hold up. That’s what’s happening right now. Is when those pressure situations come up, we get an MA and we cut a guy loose up the sideline. Stuff like that. You have to find a way for your fundamentals to hold up under pressure. And that’s just something you’ve got to continue to harp on and continue to teach and coach and try to create as many pressure situations in practice as you possibly can, so when those moments do arise you’re in the moment."

Morris also talked about making second-half adjustments as well.

"I know that's an area we have gotten better at over the course of the season," Morris said. "Obviously last week some of the adjustments that were made in the second half we couldn't get the ball in the end zone, but we were moving the football.

"So we've just got to continue to stay on point and coach these guys up every play, every rep and just get better. When we get in that locker room at halftime it's all about making the adjustments and coming out and executing. The first four minutes of that second half is so critical."

This week, junior cornerback Ryan Pulley will miss some playing time not due to an SEC rule, but a self-imposed rule by Morris. Pulley was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct with 29 seconds left against Ole Miss on Saturday night. In his place, redshirt freshman Montaric Brown will get the start.

"He has done a really good job," Morris said. "He's gonna be a really good for us. He's just a young kid that has gotten in and gotten some quality reps this year. I'm excited about him and his future. He has practiced well. The reps he has gotten over the last few weeks he has done a really good job."

Arkansas will host some recruits this weekend including former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant. While Morris couldn't talk about specific recruits he did mention the Hogs were hosting recruits.

"We have two or three official visitors and we have got quite a few unofficials," Morris said. "We're excited about everybody who will be on campus. 

" I'm excited to see the crowd. I know we've got.....these guys are excited to come back home. We will play here in Fayetteville in front of our homecoming crowd. We've got some great official visitors and unofficial visitors on campus. They're excited about the environment. We're just ready to get back out there for this next environment."

Arkansas and Tulsa will kickoff at 11 a.m. on the SEC Network on Saturday in Reynolds Razorback Stadium. 

 


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