Sam Pittman discusses excitement over trip to 'physical' BYU, offers KJ Jefferson update
Arkansas travels to BYU in an intriguing nonconference game Saturday.
The Razorbacks will be looking to snap a 3-game losing streak after starting the year 3-0 and moving into the top-10 of the AP poll.
Sam Pittman said Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference that it’s another tough game that comes during a difficult stretch on the schedule. But he said it’s a game that he and his players are excited about.
“I saw Cincinnati first and then come back in the middle of this basically 4 games on the road, so I thought it was going to be a rough patch in a rough stretch,” Pittman said. “We’re SEC though, so we should have the talent to handle the schedule. … It’s another team on the schedule. … I think the players are looking forward to it.”
Pittman also said that BYU offers a special college football environment, which adds to the anticipation for the trip.
“Absolutely. We showed our team a picture of their stadium the other day,” Pittman said. “Absolutely beautiful area of the country. … I don’t know that it’ll affect the way we play or not, but certainly excited to go out there.”
The Cougars (4-2) are coming off a tough loss of their own, having fallen to Notre Dame last Saturday, 28-20.
Pittman said he was impressed with what he saw from BYU in that defeat.
“Physical, both teams play really, really hard,” Pittman said of the game. “BYU came back. (Jaren) Hall made some big-time throws. … I love their linebackers. … Notre Dame got out of there with a win, but it was awesome to see the fight in Coach (Kalani) Sitake’s team.”
Finally on Wednesday, Pittman offered a quick update on KJ Jefferson.
The senior quarterback missed the Mississippi State game on Saturday but is back at practice this week.
“Really, KJ’s had a good week. … Did a nice job running the team,” Pittman said.
The Razorbacks’ game at BYU on Saturday is set for 3:30 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised by ESPN and Arkansas is currently a 1.5-point favorite.