Arkansas Moves on from Auburn; Sets Sights on
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After suffering their first loss of the season the 11th-ranked Hogs returned to the practice fields for a little over two hours on Tuesday. The team has moved on from the Auburn game and has a long week ahead as it wasted little time in getting ready to face 4-3 Florida.
“It was good to get back on the field today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “There’s nothing like coming out and putting things behind you and going forward. Our guys worked hard today, but we have a long way to go yet. I loved the way they bounced around and listened to what was going on offensively, defensively and on special teams.”
Nutt emphasized Florida’s dynamic offense behind the helm of quarterback Chris Leak. He also noted their high turnover ratio. Florida has forced 20 turnovers so far this season. The Razorbacks will have to be especially selfish in not giving up the ball if they want to overcome the Gator defense.
“We’re playing a team that can run,” Nutt said. “They have an athletic quarterback. They mix up formations, and throw and run the ball well. Their defense has gotten a fumble or interception every game. They’re leading the league in turnovers and we have to make sure we don’t give them any.”
Sophomore tight end Jared Hicks is still recovering from a bruised back, but Nutt expects his return by Wednesday. Until then, sophomore Tony Ugoh saw time at the position for special situations.
“Jared (Hicks) didn’t look too good today, but we expect him to do much better tomorrow and hopefully he’ll be ready,” Nutt said. “We’ve still got Mark Pierce and we worked Tony Ugoh a little bit today for some special situations, like goal line and short yardage.”
The Razorbacks will face the Gators on October 18, in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for their third Southeastern Conference game of the season. CBS is televising the game nationally with the kickoff scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
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