FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks spent an hour and a half on the outdoor practice fields Tuesday as they continued to implement their game plan for this Saturday’s contest against the sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
The status of injured quarterback Matt Jones was at the center of attention Tuesday when Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt met with the media following practice.
“Matt is feeling better,” Nutt said. “He has been getting treatment two and three times a day. He rode the bicycle during the first 30 minutes of practice today and then got more treatment and came out here to watch the last little bit of practice.”
Jones was injured on the Hogs’ first offensive play in last Saturday’s game against Auburn. Jones injured his groin during a pass attempt.
“I think he is continuing to improve,” Nutt added. “We’re hoping that he can come out tomorrow and do a little bit [of practice drills] and then for sure on Thursday.”
Redshirt freshman Robert Johnson took snaps with the first team unit Tuesday in place of Jones. Nutt said Johnson has taken an enthusiastic approach to the opportunity and would be fully prepared if needed on Saturday.
“He felt good about getting in the game last Saturday,” Nutt said. “He was excited and I thought he did an excellent job. He took care of things in the huddle and got us in the end zone and that is a big positive.
“Robert carried that over into today’s practice. He made some good throws and made things happen, and that’s always positive to see.”
In addition to Jones, the Razorbacks were without offensive guard Tony Ugoh who missed practice due to a kidney stone.
“When it rains, it pours I guess,” Nutt said. “That is a very painful thing from what I have been told and you hate to see it. We don’t think it’s going to affect his status for the game, but you hate for him not to be out here at practice.”
Arkansas and Georgia kickoff at 6 p.m. CT this Saturday. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.