Arkansas Begins First Day Of Full Contact Dril
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback defense grabbed the spotlight in the first full contact practice with several key members putting forth a solid performance in the afternoon session.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt noted the intense play of freshman linebacker Sam Olajubutu during the afternoon workout who recorded several big hits.
“Let me say this about Sam, he may not know where to go all the time, but he will make a tackle,” Nutt said. “That guy will splatter you. He arrives at practice in a bad mood and I love the way he plays the game.”
One of Olajubutu’s hits knocked freshman tailback Dedrick Poole out of practice with a sprained left wrist.
In addition to Olajubutu, Nutt praised the play of several veteran Razorbacks on the defensive side of the ball.
“The one thing I love about this team is that they love to play the game,” Nutt said. “Eddie Jackson has had a great week. Lawrence Richardson is a super cover corner as is Ahmad Carroll. Caleb Miller always shows up and Jeb Huckeba gets better everyday. They are not the biggest group, but they get to the ball and that is what you want.”
Offensively, Nutt said the quarterbacks each had their moments but struggled with an aggressive defense.
“We threw everything at them (quarterbacks) defensively today,” Nutt said. “That makes it hard. But, Tarvaris, Ryan and Matt each made some plays. Tarvaris really stood in the pocket when there were a lot of guys flying around him and that is what you look for from him. Matt converted a couple of third and fourth down situations like he always does.”
Also on the medical front, junior defensive tackle Jayson Johnson will have surgery Wednesday to repair a dislocated left shoulder and freshman offensive tackle Jared Hicks will have his right knee scoped on Wednesday.
The Razorbacks continue two-a-day workouts with a 9:15 a.m. session and a 3:55 p.m. session Tuesday.
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