Arkansas Puts On Full Pads For Friday Practice
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -The Arkansas Razorbacks had their first practice with full pads and had some bumps and bruises to show for it Friday afternoon.
Fullback Brandon Kennedy sustained a broken finger on his right hand, while offensive tackle Cody Green suffered a sprained shoulder and defensive end Fred Bledsoe sprained a knee and will have an MRI as a precaution.
“If Brandon does not need to put a pin in his finger, he can get it wrapped and probably be ready,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said.
Nutt also announced that quarterback Rhett Lashlee has given up football and will concentrate on school.
“We’re going to miss him,” Nutt said. “He has been good for our program. He has worked really hard to come back from shoulder surgery. He is a great young man.”
Addressing Friday’s workout, Nutt noted the improved play of quarterbacks.
“Robert Johnson really picked it up and has done a better job the last couple of days,” Nutt said. “Landon is throwing the ball better too. Alex Mortensen has been very accurate even though his head is still spinning a little from everything that has been thrown at him.”
Friday’s practice was not without some errant plays as the Hogs fumbled snaps during goal line drills.
“That was embarrassing to leave balls on the ground like that,” Nutt said. “We’ve got to get that corrected. We need to communicate better between the quarterback and center and work harder.”
The Razorbacks will practice twice Saturday. The first practice will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will be followed by a 3:45 p.m. practice session. The Hogs will work in shells during the morning practice and put on full pads for the afternoon session.
“We’re going to try to get everyone 20-25 plays tomorrow in the afternoon scrimmage,” Nutt said. “We’re going to look at everything and try to get better. We’ll put some wrinkles in on defense and mix things up and simulate some game situations.”
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