Arkansas Holds First Full Squad Workout
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — After yesterday’s media day, Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt and the football team got back to work as it began practicing as a full squad Thursday afternoon. Due to the last day of summer school being scheduled for Friday, Nutt opted to hold only one practice on Thursday and will do the same on Friday afternoon before reverting back to two-a-days on Saturday. Today’s practice lasted just under two and a half hours and concluded with one-on-one passing drills.
“I saw a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of guys bouncing around,” Nutt said. “They looked a little sluggish towards the end, but overall I was pleased. Although today felt different, I’m happy about taking time out this morning for class and I think it sent a message. I don’t know a whole lot of other Division I schools around the country that would do the same with the season coming up, but we’ll do the same tomorrow and then get back at it on Saturday.”
Although there were rain clouds overhead throughout the practice, Nutt did take time after practice to address the issue of how recent practices around the country have been effected by the heat and the best way to avoid potential problems.
“I would encourage every high school, junior high and those at YMCA’s to stop every 15 minutes for water,” Nutt says. “Marcellus Poydras is an example of a guy on our team who is never thirsty. Even when you don’t feel like it and your brain is telling you that you don’t need water you should take some time out, because that is when things start to happen.”
One thing that hampered the Razorbacks a season ago was injuries, on Thursday both J. Strain and Jimarr Gallon were sidelined with a sprained left knee and a sprained hamstring, respectively. Neither student-athlete appeared to be seriously injured and both are listed as day-to-day for practices.
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