Nutt: Another appearance on TV can't help but aid Razorbacks

Updated: October 16, 2003, 3:49 AM ET

LITTLE ROCK -- With their fourth televised game of the season coming Saturday, Razorbacks football coach Houston Nutt is hoping that a future Arkansas star will be watching.

The 11th-ranked Razorbacks will host Florida in an important Southeastern Conference game for both teams. It will be the seventh TV game in Arkansas' last nine games.

"There is nothing like having your program on TV and youngsters can see and visualize themselves on the sideline and in the game," Nutt said.

Arkansas played its last three games on TV last year: a 21-20 last-minute victory over LSU for a share of the SEC West title, then two embarrassing losses to Georgia in the SEC title game and to Minnesota in the Music City Bowl.

Just being another of the SEC teams out there on TV helps make a name for Arkansas.

"Everytime you go to Atlanta, each time you go to a bowl, you help your program," Nutt said Wednesday. "Each time you go on TV, I think people realize that the SEC is one of the toughest, if not the toughest, conference in America."

This year's TV performances included a 38-28 victory at Texas and a 34-31 double-overtime game at Alabama, in which the Razorbacks came back from being 21 points down.

"I think it's awesome" appearing on television so much, Nutt said. "We got so much feedback after the Texas game, then Alabama."

Nutt said he expects Arkansas to perform better against Florida than it did in a 10-3 loss (televised) to Auburn last weekend. He said he found that, on many plays, eight to nine Razorbacks played well but that two or three didn't execute as they should.

"If you execute, we feel like we're going to put points on the board," Nutt said.

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