FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior leadership and a will to get better were the themes of the day as the Arkansas Razorbacks returned to the practice fields Tuesday afternoon. The Razorbacks did receive bad news, however, as it was learned senior Brandon Holmes will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee which he sustained in Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss.
Cool temperatures greeted the Hogs as they worked out for nearly two hours with the last portion of practice illuminated by portable light towers.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt had a positive feeling following Tuesday workout and noted the team’s desire.
“The easiest thing to do is to feel sorry for yourself and get down,” Nutt said. “The guys came out here with an attitude to get better and improve. We had a really good day’s work. The seniors should really be commended for their leadership.
“It’s easy to be a Razorback when we’re 4-0, but right now is when you find out who wants to play football. This bunch has great heart.”
Sophomore tailback De’Arrius Howard practiced with the Razorbacks Tuesday, but senior Cedric Cobbs was still hampered by a pulled hamstring.
“De’Arrius was much better today,” Nutt said. “He’s not full speed yet, but he looked good and worked hard. Right now I’d think we would have him for Saturday. Cedric still feels a pull in his hamstring. We’ll know about him later in the week.”
Despite the loss to Ole Miss, Nutt said one positive from the game was the play of the Hogs’ defense.
The Razorbacks held quarterback Eli Manning well below his 320 yards per game average, as the senior could only manage 145 yards passing against Arkansas.
“The defense played really well Saturday,” Nutt said. “They did a good job of containing Manning. They tackled better than they have all year. We’re going to need that same effort this Saturday against Kentucky.”
Arkansas and the Wildcats kickoff at 6 p.m. CT this Saturday in Lexington. The game will be carried by ESPN 2.