3-And-Out: Razorbacks Work For Better Tackling, Stopping Tigers' Dyer A Focal Point

by Chris Bahn  on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 8:00 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

News and notes from Wednesday’s Arkansas football media availability …

I. Tackling Bad Tackling
Arkansas linebacker Alonzo Highsmith wasn’t caught off guard Wednesday when asked about the team’s recent poor tackling performances. Why?

“I mean, it’s the truth. We missed a lot of tackles these last couple games,” Highsmith said. “The truth hurts. At the same time it’s something that needs to be addressed.”

Highsmith said the team has focused on additional tackling drills this week. Extra attention is being paid to making stops because of so many missed tackles against Alabama and Texas A&M.

Defensive coordinator Willy Robinson noted the team often works on tackling drills. Proper technique is taught, but “somehow, someway gets thrown out with the wash.”

Poor technique is just part of the issue for Arkansas. Players were caught on film shying away from contact.

“… Courage is involved. I hate to say it, but sometimes you have to deal with the fact that you know what, don't turn down a hit,” Robinson said. “We've had several of those as well.” 

II. Stop The Run, Be Wary Of Tricks
This week the defense has a pretty simple task against No. 15 Auburn. Stop the run.

Specifically, the Razorbacks need to stop Michael Dyer. The Little Rock Christian product ran 41 times for 147 yards and a touchdown in an upset against South Carolina.

“As far as them giving him the ball 41 times, I feel like they’re saying, ‘Unless this guy touches the ball, we won’t win…’ We have to take that into consideration. Just stop him.”

Robinson said the workload didn’t figure to wear down Dyer. Arkansas, which gave up 381 yards rushing to the Aggies, doesn’t anticipate the sophomore to be tired on Saturday.

“He carried the ball for 41 times last week and as their coach said he is more than willing to let him carry it for 50,” Robinson said. “With the pace that they practice at there is no way that youngster is going to be tired.”



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