Sam Pittman press conference notes

• We’re excited to play Texas A&M in Arlington. The Aggies are big on the defensive line, and they have two explosive guys on offense in Devon Achane and Ainias Smith. Max Johnson played well at quarterback against Miami, and this team’s special teams group is solid.

• Jimbo Fisher, I consider him a friend of mine, and I have a lot of respect for him, his coaches and their roster.

• Our defensive line played well last weekend. We didn’t tackle well as a team. We’re having a hard time covering opponents and have all season. On offense, we can’t turn the ball over three times and not get a takeaway on defense. A lot of good performances on offense. But we can’t turn the ball over, but that’s what we did. In a nutshell, special teams helped us, but even there we had some penalties. We didn’t tackle or cover well.

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• On tackling, we worked on that last week. We missed a lot of tackles at linebacker as well, so they have to be better, too. We’ll continue to stress the importance of that this week.

• On coverage issues, we have to make sure we have the right guys in the right spots. Part of it was we have some new guys back there. We’re going to experiment this week. Myles Slusher will be back this week, and that should help us. We need Malik Chavis on the field, and when he’s not at corner, we need him at safety. We need the best players on the field at all times.

• McGlothern got hurt Saturday. He has a hamstring. It wasn’t all that much of an issue, because he lifted on Sunday. He’ll practice today.

• A&M is going to run the ball still with Max Johnson. He’s in there to manage the game and throw the football. He’s that type of player at A&M and was the same at LSU.

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• Rocket is always early, his teachers and the people on the academic staff love him. He’s a perfectionist. That’s probably what makes him good. His want-to is higher than his talent. Just a really fine kid. He had a good game before and after his fumble last Saturday.

• I expected Rocket to be a really good player, but I don’t know if I expected us to use him this much. I knew he’d produce, just didn’t know his usage would be so high. A little surprised with his numbers, but that isn’t a knock on his talent.

• Talking to Jordan Domineck’s parents when we were recruiting him, they were genuine, and he’s the same. He wanted a chance to play in the SEC and wanted to see if he was good enough to play in this league. You can tell he’s a good kid because of the way he was raised.

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• On A&M’s defense: They played two totally different offenses the last two weeks. Miami wanted to throw it more. They had wideouts to get the ball to. App State wanted to come at them with the run. The Aggies got a lot better in a week’s time on defense.

• Dan Skipper called me last week and told me he was going to get his first start with Detroit. He’s one of my favorite players I’ve coached over the years. I called Dan after I saw the video from the postgame locker room, and I thought it was pretty cool. I texted Dan Campbell, too, and he got back with me.


• On Arkansas’ receivers: Landers was down on himself last week, even into Wednesday. I hope last Saturday’s game propels him in the weeks ahead. I thought going into the season we had a good group of receivers. You’ve got to have somebody pretty good covering each one of them. Throw Trey Knox into the mix, I like the guys KJ has to throw to.

• Landon Jackson is playing with more speed and confidence. He started last week with Jashaud Stewart being out. Him and Drew Sanders are growing more comfortable each week.

• We could have played Dominique Johnson last week, we just didn’t. On Stewart, I think we’ve got to see how he looks the next couple of days. The training staff has seen him, but I haven’t yet.

• I think Jadon Haselwood has been the most consistent of the receivers. He’s a leader now, and he’s tough. On Ketron Jackson, we could probably get him out there in some 10 personnel, but that would mean we have to take Trey Knox off the field. I like our rotation at receiver right now.

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Is there any video on Dan Skipper out there that Coach Pittman mentioned?


Thanks,…posted before scrolling down…

Happy for him, thanks for link.

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