Arkansas Begins Work For No. 5 Texas
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks spent two hours on the practice fields Tuesday as they began preparations for Saturday’s regionally televised game against the fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns in Austin.
Razorback head coach Houston Nutt characterized the workout as more physical than a typical practice session.
“We probably hit a little more today than we have in the past,” Nutt said. “Especially after the first game of the season, it was a little more physical today.”
One area drawing attention is the Arkansas secondary against a talented group of Texas receivers.
“Hopefully we will continue to play well,” Nutt said. “Our guys know they are going to be challenged by the best. Texas has awesome receivers, but I think we will be ready and prepared.”
With the renewal of a rivalry so early in the season, Nutt commented any advantage of playing a big game before conference play begins.
“Last year we played two very good teams in Boise State and South Florida,” Nutt said. “I don’t think we got enough credit for those wins. With an older team, I don’t worry about them getting distracted as much as a younger team. But, I think a game like this will get a lot of the tightness and jitters out of the way before we get into SEC play.”
With the first day of work on the game plan in the books, Nutt was pleased with the Razorbacks effort and progress.
“It’s never as smooth as you like when you first put the game plan in,” Nutt said. “Special teams are going to play a critical part in the outcome. We had a very good period working on our special teams, but we’ve got to come out here tomorrow and get better.”
Nutt added that junior All-American tackle Shawn Andrews missed practice with an upset stomach.
Arkansas and Texas renew their rivalry at 11 a.m. Saturday on ABC. The Longhorns own a 54-20 series edge over the Razorbacks.
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