Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson didn’t throw a TD pass for just the 2nd time in 18 starts last week, but had his highest completion percentage of 2012; UK’s Jared Whitlow as the third QB to start in three consecutive games. He will start again today.
Dennis Johnson had the hot hand at Auburn, rushing for 76 yards and 2 TDs. He is averaging 5.6 yards a carry, while Knile Davis averages 3.2; UK’s Raymond Sanders (303 yards) is shouldering the load for a group plagued by injuries.
UA senior Cobi Hamilton has caught 28 passes for 551 yards the past three weeks. TE Chris Gragg will miss his third straight game; Kentucky senior La’Rod King has 116 catches for 1,508 receiving yards with 16 TDs in his career.
The Arkansas front enjoyed its best performance in the Auburn win. C Travis Swanson and G Alvin Bailey will start their 33rd straight together; C Matt Smith (28 starts) and RG Larry Warford (31 starts) are a strong duo on the UK line.
UA defensive ends Trey Flowers and Chris Smith combined for five of the eight sacks at Auburn. Smith is still expected to play despite Wednesday’s arrest; UK’s Collins Ukwu has 26 tackles and 3 sacks, leading a veteran group up front.
UA’s leading tackler, Alonzo Highsmith, is out. Terrell Williams will be counted on at MLB with freshman AJ Turner starting at WLB; UK’s Avery Williamson leads team with 64 tackles. Alvin Dupree has a team-high 6 ½ tackles for losses.
UA CB Tevin Mitchel is in line to start after missing past four games because of injuries. He could log between 30 and 40 snaps tonight; UK will start twin brothers, Daron Blaylock and Zack Blaylock, at safety. The freshmen have 8 tackles.
OVERALL: Arkansas 31, Kentucky 17
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau