Mississippi State could throw the ball as many as 60 times against the Razorbacks when the two programs square off Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. in Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, and while the battle in the secondary will be huge, everything still starts up front. There aren’t many quarterbacks who can look good throwing with constant pressure in their face, after all.
This week is big for a few players on the defensive line for Arkansas. Both starting ends, senior Dorian Gerald and junior Julius Coates were banged up on Saturday. Gerald, who finished the Georgia game with 1.5 sacks, has an ankle injury and is believed to be questionable for Saturday at Mississippi State. Coates appeared to have been injured around his shoulder but returned to the game. The Hogs were without backup end and 2019 starter Mataio Soli last weekend, but he is expected to be 100 percent ready to go for the MSU game.
“On Dorian, I think it’s just a wait and see. He obviously turned his ankle, so we’ll have to wait and see what comes out of that,” Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said.
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