September 29, 2006

Ends making big plays

The Razorbacks have a pair of solid bookends that contributed 4.5 sacks last Saturday in a 24-23 double overtime win at home against Alabama, but can they do the same against No. 2 Auburn next Saturday?

Junior Jamaal Anderson, 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, is the prototypical defensive end with great speed for the position, but the Alabama game was his first major showing when he racked up two big-time sacks on Crimson Tide quarterback John Parker Wilson. Antwain Robinson, a sophomore, registered 2.5 sacks in the game, giving him 4.5 for the season.

"We're looking for back-to-back games this week," UA defensive coordinator Reggie Herring said. "If they can come and produce like they did against Alabama against Auburn, then they'll be something to brag about."

Robinson is listed at 6-foot-3, 253 pounds, but he is closer to 6-foot-1. Everything about his body suggest he should be 6-foot-3 - like his wingspan - but he has a short neck. Herring liked Robinson's play before the season, but he did not anticipate him doing so well against high-level competition. Robinson's best games have come against the Razorbacks' two toughest opponents in USC and Alabama. He mostly lined up against Alabama's Andre Smith last weekend. Smith outweighs Robinson by 100 pounds and was Rivals.com's No. 2 overall prospect last recruiting season. Robinson slipped by him for 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble on Wilson.

"I always had a level of confidence. Many players don't think I can compete against them because of my height, but it's not about the height; it's about your willpower and your heart, most of all," Robinson said. "I've got long arms, I've got ball awareness, and I've got quickness. I've got more power than most people think I have in my little, small body."

He has not practiced this week due to a hip pointer, and he would miss the game if it were this weekend, but he expects to practice on Sunday with some soreness.

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