FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks went through a tough Saturday workout as the Hogs went full contact in their last full practice before the Christmas break.The Razorbacks were a man short on defense Saturday as strong safety Jimmy Beasley missed practice with an injured calf muscle.
“It doesn’t look good for Jimmy right now,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “We are getting extra work with Bo Mosley, Jimarr Gallon and Lerinezo Robinson to get the safety position secured up. It looks like Jimmy’s calf is partially torn, we are not sure right now. He was close to tearing his achilles tendon, it was a tough injury.”
Nutt then focused his attention to the Hogs’ Music City Bowl opponent, the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
After leading the Southeastern Conference and ranking fourth nationally in turnover margin with a plus 21 mark, Nutt added that holding on to the football will be key against Minnesota.
“Holding on to the football is what got us to this point,” Nutt said. “We won nine games because we didn’t beat ourselves with turnovers and mistakes. We are going to have to continue that against Minnesota. They are a good football team and will take advantage of whatever mistakes we make.”
Nutt added the Hogs will need to stop Minnesota tailback Terry Jackson who ran for 1,281 yards on 222 carries during the 2002 season.
“Stopping the run will be key,” Nutt said. “They do a good job of getting their guy the ball and he can take it the distance. Our defense has got to do a good job of shutting them down when they hand him the ball.”
Arkansas and Minnesota will meet in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30, at 1 p.m. CT. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.