FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After a week of solid contact and intense work the Arkansas Razorbacks used Saturday’s practice time to focus on the mental aspect of the game plan for the Independence Bowl contest against the Missouri Tigers on Dec. 31, in Shreveport, La.The Razorbacks spent a little more than an hour working on specific game situations like down and distance.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with the Hogs’ work Saturday and said the team was looking forward to wrapping up practice on Monday and going home for the Christmas holidays.
“We had another good day today,” Nutt said. “We’ve done a lot of hitting the last few days and this was a good break for the players. It was good mental preparation. We worked on third down situations, we hit special teams drills really hard and goal line work too.”
Nutt added that senior Tony Bua was held out of practice after sustaining a bruised knee during Friday’s practice session.
“Tony had a helmet hit the side of his knee,” Nutt said. “He didn’t need an MRI. He had some range of motion this morning and it doesn’t look like a lingering type of injury. We’ll just have to see what the trainers say about practicing tomorrow.”
With the week of practice drawing to a close Nutt was content with the amount of work the Razorbacks had accomplished, particularly the younger players who hope to see more playing time next year.
“I love the way we have practiced the last week,” Nutt said. “We have had a good, solid week of work on fundamentals. I know we have improved, especially our younger players. That is what bowl practice is about, getting the young guys more snaps and being able to devote more attention to them.”
The Razorbacks will practice at 2 p.m. Sunday and have another light workout scheduled for Monday morning before letting the players go home.
The Hogs will meet in Shreveport on Saturday, Dec. 27, to continue preparations for their game against Missouri. The 2003 Independence Bowl will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. CT New Year’s Eve.