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Arkansas coach Bret Bielema wants to instill some mental toughness in his players after a few big losses, according to Kurt Voigt of The Associated Press (via the Ledger-Enquirer):
"It's kind of blown me away that there's such a focal point or a blow up of a bad situation," Bielema said.
"I mean, it's the same team that's done some pretty positive things. The goings getting a little bit tough, and our guys revert back to that, and it's just something you have to get out of your system."
Playing Arkansas will be a welcome break from facing spread teams, according to Alex Scarborough of ESPN.com:
"It will be a little bit different because we have played these spread teams that like to sling it around a little bit," [Alabama safety Vinnie] Sunseri said. His versatility to play at the line of scrimmage and in coverage has become coveted with the rise of the HUNH, but he's still a masher at heart, the son of a defensive line coach who values grit. "It will be fun to play the run a little bit more," he added.
Alabama has been winning so big, even the walk-ons are getting in on the action, writes Andrew Gribble of AL.com:
[AJ] McCarron had a front-row place on the sidelines to watch both of his grabs, which amassed a combined 16 yards. He doesn't field too many questions about [Parker] Barrineau, so he made the most of his answer Monday.
"Parker B. works hard, especially during the summer," McCarron said. "I'm always messing with him for him to be so slow playing receiver to find some way to get open. He really does catch everything that comes his way.
"It really is great seeing Parker get his chance out there and make some plays."
Center Ryan Kelly might make his way back into the lineup this week, according to Marq Burnett of The Anniston Star:
Center Ryan Kelly (knee) split first team reps with Chad Lindsay. There's no word on if Kelly will play on Saturday, but the coaches appear to be working him back into the rotation.