FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has 14 Louisiana players on its roster when it heads to Baton Rouge to take on No. 25 LSU on Saturday morning in Tiger Stadium
Linebacker De’Jon Harris leads the team with 81 tackles. He played his high school football at Harvey (La.) John Ehret. He’s excited to play a game close to home.
“It’s my first game there,” Harris said. “I’m very excited. I always wanted to play there. At least I’ll get to play against them. I just want to play on the field. Growing up as a Tiger fan, and now going up against some close friends. I’ll have a lot of family and friends there. A lot of my family get to come and watch me play, so I’m very excited.”
With 14 players on the roster from Louisiana how is that a helpful thing to you and others?
“It’s a great thing to have so many guys from back home,” Harris said. “They understand you. To have some guys to feel comfortable around is very good.
“I know probably the whole LSU team to be honest,” Harris said. “Just guys I grew up around, played pickup basketball with and stuff like that. It adds a lot of fuel to the game. I want to beat them all. On the field, we’re not friends, but after the game we get back to being buddy-buddies.”
Outside linebacker Dwayne Eugene is a senior from Marrero (La.) Archbishop Rummel. He has 29 tackles 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks with six starts in nine games this season. He wasn’t offered by LSU and he admits that is on his mind for this game.
“Yes sir, it’s definitely a motivational factor,” Eugene said. “That’s with every team we play that I didn’t get an offer from. It just gives me something to go out and prove.”
“You have to tune out the crowd,” Eugene said. “And you know the most physical team is going to win. I think we have to go out and play a four-quarter game and not a two-quarter game. We can’t be off and on. We have to be on from the start and we have to finish the game.”
Arkansas is a big underdog in this game just like Coastal Carolina was last week when they played the Hogs. What do you think about being in the underdog role this week?
“I don’t really get into that type of stuff,” Eugene said. “Any given week, anyone can be beaten. I just look forward to the task at hand. LSU is this week. We may be an underdog. That’s just an outsider’s prediction. It doesn’t have to be the end result.”