Jacobs: Arkansas is chippy and plays a “little dirty”

After Florida State knocked off the top-ranked Gators in 1996, Steve Spurrier accused the Seminoles of playing dirty and  hitting the Gators after the whistle blew. Then head coach Bobby Bowden wouldn’t admit  his team was dirty but did say  they “hit until the echo of the whistle.”

With Arkansas coming in this weekend, there’s one Gator who may have flashbacks while watching film of the Razorbacks.

“They’re real physical.” defensive lineman Damien Jacobs said. “I think they’re a little chippy. They’re a little dirty. So we’re going to have to be ready for it all this week.”

Jacobs singled out Preseason All-SEC center Travis Swanson as the main culprit of playing through the echo of the whistle.

“I just see from film a lot of stuff after the play, especially with the center No. 64 [Swanson].” Jacobs said. “He’s a good athlete after the play. He makes you want to do something to him. We’re gonna have to try to keep our temper and keep cool on that.”

Swanson was on the pre-season Rimington Award Watch List and has started every single time at center for 43 consecutive games since 2010. He has also been a captain for the past two seasons and heads up  an offensive line that’s paving the way for the SEC’s second best rushing offense with an eye-popping 237 yards-per-game.

Sophomore defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard has filled in at defensive tackle since Dominique Easley’s ACL injury but  has yet to see game film of Swanson.

“Actually I haven’t watched him that much.” Bullard said of Swanson. “I usually don’t pay attention as much just to the inside, interior guys as I do. Now we watched a little bit yesterday but I haven’t really got a good feel of him yet.”

Bullard didn’t want to provide the Razorbacks with any bulletin board material and said he would rather let his actions on the field speak for themselves.

“You just play back. It’s the SEC.” Bullard said. “It’s going to be a difficult and tough game both ways. You just go out and talk with your pads.”

With the style of offense that both Arkansas and Florida play, this Saturday’s game looks like it will be a physical matchup. Expect the Hogs to come in with a chip on their shoulder and some added motivation after hearing Jacobs call them out. Just don’t expect to see the Gators responding with anything other than their pads.

On how he’d stop a player from being “chippy” or hitting him late, Jacob’s response was simple and to the point:

“Just hit him in the mouth, first. Just keep hitting him until he quit. That’s how we do it.”

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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC