Posted: Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:50AM

Arkansas travels to face injury-ravaged Florida Gators

Springfield, Mo. (  -- Arkansas will try to get in the left side of the win-loss column this week against an injury ravaged Florida Gators team.

Florida starting quarterback Jeff Driskel is done for the year. The same is true for defensive tackle Dominique Easley, who is out with a knee injury and with him goes an NFL-caliber player.

This is in addition to returning starting right tackle Chaz Green along with three other season-ending injuries.


Even with the injuries, Arkansas will look across the field and see a team that focuses on many of the same football tenants.

“(They are) a team that kind of believes in the same things we do playing solid defense and trying to monopolize the clock,” Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said.

Monopolizing the clock has been something Florida has done exceedingly well as the Gators lead the nation in that category. Florida also leads the nation in defensive third down conversion rate. The Gators are allowing opposing offenses to convert just 17.8 percent of third downs.

This stat will be a key to any success Arkansas looks to have on both sides of the ball.

“That is where you define yourself. We call it (the) money-down here,” Bielema said. “Offensively it is where you decide to stay on the field and defensively it is where you decide to get off it.”

Arkansas will bring its own challenges to the game against Florida.

“We haven’t faced anybody that has the physicality that they are going to play with on the offensive line, the quality of backs (and) the match-ups outside,” Florida head coach Will Muschamp said.


Alex Collins is leading the way for those quality backs as he has an SEC-best 597 yards rushing. Teammate Jonathan Williams is third in the SEC at 471 yards on the season.

Collins along with teammate Javontee Herndon look forward to returning to their home state. Collins was heavily recruited by Muschamp and the Gators.

Brandon Allen will also have his first full week of practice after missing a week and a half with a bruised shoulder leading into the Texas A&M game. His continued presence will only continue to improve the Razorback offense.

“There is no question you could see a shot in the arm for them offensively,” Muschamp said of Allen’s return to the field.

Arkansas kicks off against Florida at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Gainesville.

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