Cats' Passing Attack Poses Problem for Hogs

LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Arkansas' beleaguered secondary needs a quick recovery.

Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson had a big day against the Razorbacks last weekend, and now Andre Woodson and No. 21 Kentucky come to town. All Woodson did was throw for four touchdowns Saturday night to lead the Wildcats over then-No. 9 Louisville 40-34.

"He's very, very accurate -- does a great job with the offense. It seems like he gets better with each snap," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "We've just got our work cut out for us. We've got to get better in the secondary."

The Razorbacks were just a few seconds from a memorable win Saturday night. They rallied from a three-touchdown deficit in the second half against the Crimson Tide, but Wilson found Matt Caddell for a 4-yard touchdown with 8 seconds remaining for a 41-38 win.

Wilson threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns. On several occasions, Arkansas players appeared to have good coverage -- but had their backs turned to the passer and weren't able to find the ball quickly enough.

"We've been in pretty good position, but we've got to get better at playing the ball," Nutt said. "We've got to make some plays."

Arkansas clearly misses cornerback Chris Houston, who left for the NFL during the offseason with a year of eligibility remaining. This week, the Razorbacks have shifted safety Michael Grant to Jerell Norton's cornerback spot. Kevin Woods is a top candidate to replace Grant at safety.

Grant has already bounced back from last year's torn anterior cruciate ligament, so a position change isn't likely to faze him -- especially since he played cornerback earlier in his Arkansas career.

"I played corner when I first got here," the senior said, "so it's not really that big an adjustment."

Grant says playing safety helped him become a more physical defender, something he hopes will help him this week. Kentucky's Keenan Burton has 21 catches for 257 yards and two TDs in three games this season. Woodson's numbers are even more superb: He's completed 68 percent of his passes for 743 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions.

Woodson was 30-of-44 for 275 yards against Louisville, earning Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week honors. His 57-yard touchdown pass to Steve Johnson with 28 seconds left was the difference in the game.

"We know they're going to throw the ball a lot," Grant said.

Grant sounds pleased about his return to cornerback, a position that involves more mano-a-mano showdowns with opposing playmakers.

"That's the nature of the game, just going head-to-head against somebody and competing," Grant said. "I feel like it gives you an opportunity to just go out there and play ball instead of having to go through a whole lot of reading and reacting."

This weekend will be a major test for Grant, who has taken notice of Woodson's talent.

"You can tell he's a real smart guy -- he's real accurate," Grant said. "When you go against an accurate quarterback, you've got to be prepared or they'll hit a lot of big plays on you."


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