Arkansas Nears End of First Week of Two-A-Days
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks took a blow when it was learned senior cornerback Marvin Jackson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and would be lost for the 2002 season.
Jackson, a native of Galveston, Texas, sustained the injury to his right knee during Thursday’s afternoon practice session.
“Losing Marvin is just terrible, especially on our punt return team,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “We have got to go forward and understand that it just was not meant to be for him this year. George Wilson and Gerald Howard have some experience, but someone is going to have to emerge on punt returns this year.”
Jackson, who has a redshirt year available, averaged 24.1 punt return yards per game last season and scored one touchdown against Georgia.
The Razorbacks also learned they would be without junior defensive tackle Jayson Johnson for the season after he suffered a separated left shoulder Thursday.
Despite the injuries, Nutt cited the play of several veterans during Friday’s two-hour workout which ended with conditioning drills.
“I love the way Eddie Jackson, Lawrence Richardson, Ahmad Carroll, Tony Bua and Bo Mosely played today,” Nutt said. “They really stepped up and gave us a little extra today.”
On the offensive side of the ball, Nutt noted the play of sophomore quarterback Matt Jones.“I thought Matt had a great day today,” Nutt said. “He had a very good morning workout and capped that with a very good practice this afternoon. I was happy to see that.”
The Razorbacks continue two-a-day practices Saturday with a 9:15 morning workout followed by a 3:55 afternoon session before taking Sunday off.
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