Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, come on down … You’re the latest weekly award winner at the expense of Arkansas’ defense. Manziel is the third quarterback to be named his conference's offensive player of the week after facing the Razorbacks. Manziel, who set an SEC record with 527 yards of total offense, joins Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning and Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova as players named as their league’s top performers for the week. Browning was also named the national offensive player of the week after leading the Warhawks to a victory against Arkansas.
While the colors Florida sees on the other side of the field this Saturday will be different, the Gators may think they are playing the same opponent the faced last week at home when they journey into Death Valley for an afternoon game at Baton Rouge with LSU. They'll be facing a similar, power-I running game; a fast, well-coached, athletic and dominating defense from the trenches to the secondary, and a game-breaking kicking unit. It's why LSU and Alabama are one-two not only in the Southeastern Conference but in this week's national polls, and it's a trying back-to-beak test for Florida with its starting quarterback out.
Every facet of the Arkansas State football program under first-year Coach Hugh Freeze can seemingly be boiled down into one, succinct mission statement. For example, Freeze has what he labels as an “It” for his offensive, defensive and special teams philosophies. Freeze’s “It” when talking about recruiting? That’s not so simple to define.