Arkansas Changes Things Up in Spring Practice
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the second-straight day Arkansas worked out indoors at the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion for nearly two hours. Two Razorbacks, including cornerback Michael Coe and flanker Anthony Brown, switched positions. Coe will work out at both wide receiver and cornerback for the rest of the spring season, while Brown will see more time at defensive end. Nutt emphasized that these changes are not permanent, but give the team an added dimension.
“We made a couple position switches just to try here at the end of the week,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “Michael Coe had a few periods at wide receiver; he played wide receiver in high school. We worked Anthony Brown some at defensive end. Not a wholesale change, but we’re just looking at him for future reference. Both of those guys had a good practice and they’re doing good things at their position, but we’re just taking a look at them.”
Split end David Thompson had to sit out the remainder of practice after he was kicked in the helmet, but Nutt expects him to return on Thursday. After Thompson was out and with the depth at corner Coe was able to fill that void and show some natural ability. Nutt also praised the speed of Brown.
“Michael Coe has some natural instincts at wide receiver, so when David went down it gives us more depth at wide receiver,” Nutt said. “We have a lot of depth at corner back, so we’re just trying to get the best 11 on the field on both sides of the ball.
“Coach Herring had noticed Anthony Brown very early during six o’clock workouts and he’s been asking me about him for a long time,” Nutt said. “It gives you a different athlete on the edge and a promising rusher. He hasn’t even been coached and he looked real good on third and eight. He got to the quarterback and had three sacks, so he’s very quick.”
The Hogs will have Wednesday off, but return to practice on Thursday and Friday, before having a scrimmage on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. With only two day of practice left before the scrimmage Nutt has been pleased with his team’s attitude and effort and hopes to see that carried over to Saturday, as a number of positions are still up for grabs.
“This is going to be good on Saturday and our fans need to come out and see it,” Nutt said. “You’re going to see a very competitive scrimmage. You’re going to see some guys still fighting for positions. They’re playing with a lot of intensity right now and you should expect 40 live, full-scrimmage plays. We’re excited about that. We’re going to have some kicking situations and put our kickers, punters and punt returners under the gun. We’re going to put the ball on different areas of the field and play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”
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