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Auburn Thursday Practice Report

AUBURN - The No. 7 Auburn football team held its final practice prior to Saturday's game against No. 12 Arkansas with a 75-minute workout Thursday at the practice fields behind the Athletics Complex.


The practice, which was in shells and shorts, gave the Tigers one more chance to work against the scout team units to prepare for the Razorbacks. The Tigers also worked on special teams and conducted some position drills early in the workout.


Auburn (6-0, 3-0 SEC) returns to the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium after pulling out a 37-34 road win at Kentucky last week. The Tigers lead the all-time series with Arkansas, 10-8-1, and are 4-3-1 when playing in Auburn. However, Arkansas has won the last two meetings, as well as the last two on the Plains.


Arkansas (4-1, 1-1 SEC) is coming off a 24-17 neutral-site win over Texas A&M and will be playing its second conference road game of the season after downing Georgia in Athens, 31-24, on Sept. 18. The Razorbacks' lone loss this season was a 24-20 loss at home to Alabama on Sept. 25.


During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik stated that his squad will have a difficult challenge ahead of them in Arkansas.


"Arkansas is one of the best teams in the country and one of the best teams in our league," said Chizik. "This is going to be a great challenge for us. After going back and looking at last week, we are still in search of a complete game which we have not put together yet.


"We certainly have a lot of room for improvement left with our football team, but I was proud of the way they finished the game, as I said before. We have to move forward and get ready for a great challenge from Arkansas."


Led by quarterback Ryan Mallett, the Razorbacks enter the game ranked first in the SEC, third in the NCAA, in passing offense (354.0) and second in total offense (462.8). An efficient passing team with Mallett at the helm, Arkansas is third in the league, 10th in the NCAA, in passing efficiency (165.67).


Mallett leads the Sec and is second in the country with 349.6 passing yards per game. So far this season, he has 122 completions on 176 attempts, throwing six interceptions to 13 touchdowns. Through five games, he has passed for 1,748 yards.


Six Razorbacks have at least six receptions on the season with Greg Childs leading the way with 28. He has 363 receiving yards on the season for three touchdowns. Joe Adams leads the team in receiving yards, pulling in 408 on 21 catches for three touchdowns.


Defensively, the Razorbacks are second in the SEC, fourth nationally, in sacks (3.4), and third in the league in total defense (302.4). Arkansas excels in its passing defense, ranking third in the SEC in passing efficiency defense (107.61) and fourth in passing defense (167.8).


Saturday's game between Auburn and Arkansas will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by CBS, Auburn's first appearance on the network this season.

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