Arkansas Razorback head coach Bret Bielema promised Razorback Nation when he was hired that he would bring a tough, physical brand of football, unlike what was experienced during the Petrino era. So far, he has proved to be a man of his word after quite an impressive opener over the weekend where his Razorbacks dominated the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns by a score of 34-14 in Fayetteville.
No one exemplified this new brand of football like Hog defensive end Trey Flowers. Flowers was named the Southeastern Conference's defensive lineman of the week for his performance on Saturday. He finished the game with five tackles, which included three sacks and two tackles for a loss.
Flowers also forced the Hogs first turnover of the season when he stripped Louisiana quarterback Terrance Broadway of the football in the third quarter. The Hogs quickly converted the turnover into points as quarterback Brandon Allen found senior fullback Kiero Small for a touchdown, which gave them a commanding 27-7 lead.
Razorbacks defensive line coach, Charlie Partridge, addressed the performance of Flowers over the weekend.
"I'm proud of his game and really saw a lot of things that we were seeing in practice carry over onto the game field," Coach Partridge said. "He's a relentless student of the game, works hard on his fundamentals every single day and his faith in the process carried over into a good football game."
Coach Bielema was also impressed with the outstanding play of his senior lineman as he spoke with the media during his press conference on Monday.
"Our defensive MVP running away, Trey Flowers, just blew us away with his pass rush ability," said Coach Bielema. "And the thing about him, he gets stronger as the game goes on."