FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A day after going through one of the most physical scrimmages this preseason, the Arkansas Razorbacks used Thursday’s practice session to correct mistakes and work on specific game situations like the two-minute drill and no-huddle offense.
“The guys came out and bounced around pretty good,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “We needed to work on being louder calling the plays in the two-minute drill. Robert Johnson needs to call it out louder and communicate clearly.”
Nutt added the same was true for the defense which also worked on calling alignments and signaling plays.
After watching the film from Wednesday’s 60-play scrimmage, Nutt said the defensive intensity and aggressiveness chasing the ball was evident.
“They (defense) didn’t do everything right,” Nutt said. “But, they played fast and chased every ball down and you’ve got to love that about their play. You have to give a lot of credit to the seniors up front like Jeb Huckeba, Arrion Dixon and Elliott Harris. He (Harris) had probably one of his better days this preseason.”
With a little more than two weeks until the kickoff of the season opener against New Mexico State, Nutt and the Razorback coaching staff have been pleased with the progress of the Hogs during preseason drills.
“I would characterize it as very business-like,” Nutt said. “The guys have been very professional in their approach to practice each day. They have been attentive and showed really good listening skills.”
Nutt also address the status of Cedric Logan who was taken out of Wednesday’s scrimmage after landing on his shoulder.
“Cedric was pretty sore today,” Nutt said. “He had it x-rayed and it didn’t show any damage, so that is very positive.”
The Razorbacks will have their last day of two-a-day practices Friday. The first practice is slated to begin at 9 a.m., while the second session will start at 3:45 p.m.
The Hogs will then hold their annual Fan Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Poultry Science lawn area along Maple Street. That will be followed by a scrimmage in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at 6 p.m.