Pelphrey, Stansbury on SEC Teleconference

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A few quotes from Arkansas coach John Pelphrey and MSU coach Rick Stansbury from this morning’s SEC teleconference. The Hogs (12-1) and Dogs (10-5) meet Saturday at 7 p.m. in Fayetteville.

First, Pelphrey:

• On his team’s youth (3 freshman starters): “I think we just talk about who we are and understand who we are and try to play to our strengths. Bottom line,age and inexperience doesn’t mean you can’t have a level of success.”

• On his players handling a fast start: “You’re worried about guys handling success for the first time at that level. You worry about this is their first SEC game for them. You worry about overachieving in your non-league schedule.”

• On his freshman PG, Courtney Fortson: “I think the thing that’s surprised us about Courtney is he hasn’t had very many bad games as a freshmen.”

Now, from Stansbury:

• On Fortson: “He’s fearless and has a great confidence about him and a great toughness about him.”

• On Arkansas’ 6-9 post, Michael Washington: “He was a difficult matchup last year. He’s got all those other bigs out of his way, and I thought he was the most talented big guy of all those big guys last year. ”

• On his youngsters starting SEC play: “There’s no drills, there’s no simulations, there’s no speeches I could possibly give to make our guys understand what they’re about to go into.”

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