Two-Minute Drill: Razorbacks Take Day Off To Recharge After Marathon Ole Miss Game

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 4:31 pm  

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FAYETTEVILLE — For two weeks in a row No. 19 Arkansas was involved in games that weren’t decided until the fourth quarter. Saturday’s 38-24 victory against Ole Miss lasted five hours and included 89 minutes worth of weather delays.

Coach Bobby Petrino figured his team was probably drained. He was.

So Petrino essentially gave the Razorbacks off on Sunday to recover. Besides players reporting for treatment and some video review, there was nothing required of the team.

“We took yesterday off so we could get away,” Petrino said. “I felt like everyone did Saturday night; when it was 8 and it felt like 1 in the morning. We needed to get the extra rest.”

Each player handled the off day differently. Some, like defensive end Tenarius Wright, didn’t totally get away from football. Wright said he watched some NFL and college highlights at his house after a trip to church.

“It made me feel pretty good coach gave us a day off since the game was a long game due to the rain and the lightning,” Wright said. “It wasn’t a surprise. It was more of a ‘Thank you, coach.’”

Players saw it as a much-needed break. Saturday’s marathon with Ole Miss and the weather delays were mentally and physically taxing.

“That’s the first time I’ve ever been a part of anything like that,” Jerico Nelson said. “To have [Sunday] off was a big thing on our legs.”

Arkansas is hoping to recover in time for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt. Kickoff for the homecoming game is set for 6 p.m.

Feature Back
Knile Davis got 22 carries against Ole Miss. He turned those into 176 yards and three touchdowns.

Does that make him the ‘feature’ back for the offense, a TV reporter asked Bobby Petrino? Not exactly, but it has earned Davis favor with Petrino.

“I’ve never said the word feature,” Petrino said. “But Knile is the guy getting the majority of the carries since the Alabama game. And the way he’s practiced, the way he’s ran the football, the energy he’s given our offense has been very, very good.”

Davis has 66 carries for 470 yards and four touchdowns.



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