1. Not Satisfied: Arkansas put together a 212-yard rushing performance in the 52-14 win against NIU, finding success against a rushing defense that had allowed 81 yards a game.

1. Not Satisfied: Arkansas put together a 212-yard rushing performance in the 52-14 win against NIU, finding success against a rushing defense that had allowed 81 yards a game.


But freshman center Frank Ragnow said the offensive line was left feeling unsatisfied after topping the 400-yard mark in its two previous games.


"I think up front we are all disappointed we weren’t as physical as we wanted to be, to be honest," Ragnow said. "We love passing and pass-protection is fun and all, but really like to have that physical brand of football. I think I can speak for all of us that we were all a little disappointed that we didn’t assert our will as much as we could."


Arkansas did have some trouble against the Huskies, who forced the Razorbacks to punt on their first offensive possession. Arkansas finished the game averaging a season-low 4.7 yards a carry. It also was the first time in three weeks the Razorbacks didn’t have at least one back top the 100-yard mark.


"We made our share of mistakes (last Saturday)," Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said. "I don’t think we played as clean as we possibly can. But at the end of the day we did enough to find a way to get the victory."


Arkansas wants to perform even better against Texas A&M, which is off to an impressive start on defense. The Aggies held South Carolina’s ground game to 67 yards in the opener and is allowing 124.8 rushing yards a game.


Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said Arkansas will challenge his team.


"They are very, very good with what they do," Sumlin said. "They have two great running backs and the biggest offensive line in the country and they want to impose their will. That is their philosophy and they are excellent at it."


2. Purdue Connection: Once upon a time Chaney, Sumlin and Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas were on the same staff. The three worked together at Purdue during the 2000 season.


"Kevin’s a good friend and a good man, good coach," said Chaney, who was offensive coordinator at Purdue from 1997-2001. "I think he’s earned everything’s he’s got. He’s a bright guy that understands football and understands people. It doesn’t surprise any of us that know him how successful he’s been."


Sumlin was the receivers coach at Purdue from 1998-2000 before leaving for an offensive coordinator position at Texas A&M. Thomas was a graduate assistant at Purdue in 2000-01, working with the team’s tight ends.


Thomas said he has remained in touch with Sumlin throughout their careers.


"He’s a really great leader for that team, and he’s there at the right time with the program," Thomas said. "It’s neat to watch. Obviously on game day, though, we’re going against each other."


3. Aggies Dealing: Arkansas defensive backs coach Clay Jennings said Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill has been impressive in spreading the ball to a variety of receivers.


The Aggies have 16 receivers who have caught at least one pass through four games this season. There are six receivers who have 12 or more catches.


"They’re like a dealer out there in Vegas," Jennings said "He’s passing that thing around like hotcakes."


Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith said it means the Razorbacks will need to rely on most of its defensive back depth chart to stay fresh Saturday.


"We’re going to play a lot of corners," Smith said. "We’ve got to play a lot of guys on our end to make sure that we keep up with the tempo and can cover the guys that they have in the game. We’ve got to keep fresh bodies out there all day long."


4. Extra Points


• Chaney said he’s impressed by Texas A&M freshman Myles Garrett, who has 5 ½ sacks. He described Garrett as a "greasy guy" Thursday. "He’s just hard to get a fit on," Chaney said. "He’s long, he’s fast, he’s smart, he’s instinctive. He’s a good football player. He creates a lot of problems. You better know where he’s at at all times. Every defense would like to have those game-wreckers like him. He has the ability to wreck your game plan if you don’t know where he’s at."


• Smith said Sunday he wasn’t planning on much sleep as he began planning for Texas A&M’s offense. He provided an update Thursday. "Thursday night is kind of the night you get a chance to catch up," Smith said about his sleep schedule. "But they make you work, now. They make you defend all areas of the field. … It’s going to be a challenge, but we’re excited about that and looking forward to it."


• Chaney said WR Demetrius Wilson (ankle) has worked through the week and should be available for Saturday’s game. Wilson didn’t play against Northern Illinois. "He’s been a little sore early," Chaney said. "But later on, as the week went on, he’s backed in and done a really nice job. so let’s get him on the field and see him play."


• Arkansas long snapper Alan D’Appollonio is a candidate for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy. D’Appollonio is one of 167 candidates for the prestigious academic award, which has been presented annually since 1990.


— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau