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Last year, the Crimson Tide won 35-7 and limited Mallett to a season-low 160 yards on 12 of 35 passing. McElroy countered with a career-best 291 yards passing and three TDs as the Razorbacks focused on slowing down Ingram and Richardson. The only other time he's thrown for three scores was in last week's 62-13 win at Duke.
"The beauty of our offense is we have a 'pick your poison' mentality," McElroy said. "If you want to stuff the box, we're going to exploit you with the pass, and if you want to drop back in coverage, we're going to try to burn you with the run. That's the great thing about having talented players all around me. We're able to use whatever is necessary to be successful."
While Alabama has run the ball more times than McElroy has thrown in every game of his career, Arkansas has learned to win with Mallett carrying most of the load. The Razorbacks haven't had a 100-yard rusher in their last eight games, but have still won seven of those games -- with the only loss coming against LSU in overtime.
"I think he's more comfortable in what he's doing and what he's expected to do," Tide coach Nick Saban said. "Not that he wasn't a very good player last year. He certainly was.
"I think Bobby (Petrino) does a great job with him in terms of game plan, schemes and getting him in the right things so this will be a real challenge for this team this year, but also an opportunity for them to learn, grow, develop and try to get better."
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