Jimbo Fisher shares importance of Arkansas game, his feelings on the neutral site and respect for DC Barry Odom
Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M will play a neutral site game against Arkansas this week, and he’s torn about the site of the game.
“I want to give up the away weekend, but not the home weekend! … It’s unique. There’s not many of them left,” Fisher said on the SEC coaches media teleconference. “There’s not a better place to play than Kyle Field and I’m sure Sam would say there’s not a better place to play than Arkansas. … I’m a historian of the game. I like history and tradition, but change is inevitable. … It does make a difference. … I’m torn at times. I like going to Dallas.” —
Though it’s not necessarily bigger than other games.
“They’re all big. It’s your first conference game. It’s not their first conference game,” Fisher said. “… The SEC West is tough. … In the end, it’s one game, but it’s a very important game because it’s the next one. You’d rather be on the top of it than the bottom of it.”
Fisher understands that Arkansas has struggled this season in pass defense, but the Texas A&M coach has confidence that Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom can straighten it out.
“Barry knows how to use his people. He moves them around and gets them in positions to make plays. A lot of respect for Barry,” Fisher said.
For Arkansas’ offense, Fisher sees plenty of development from KJ Jefferson.
“Every key moment of big games, he seems to make the big plays,” Fisher said. “Sometimes we get caught up in wanting to see numbers. … Those moments, in big moments where you have to be the guy … he’s a great runner and thrower. You see maturity and experience.”