FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks hit the practice fields for a 90-minute session Wednesday. Head coach Houston Nutt liked the improvements he saw his team make and thought the players are continuing to get better as the first game of the season approaches.
“This is always the toughest week because it’s the week before you play and everybody is starting to get anxious now,” Nutt said. “(The guys) have been through a lot of practice, so they’re ready to hit someone wearing a different color jersey.”
Robert Felton stepped in to the center position for a second practice as Jonathan Luigs sat out. Nutt said Felton brings value to the team because he is versatile and can play at all three offensive line positions.
Nutt said Nathan Dick is slotted as the second quarterback on the depth chart, and points to good summer the freshman signal-caller has had. Now, the job is make sure he and the other quarterbacks are ready.
“If you’re going to move (Nathan) to No. 2, I think you have to jump in the water with both feet to get him the reps,” said Nutt.
Nutt thinks the defense is moving in the right direction and is waiting for the unit to turn the corner.
“Defensively we’re getting better overall, we just need to keep coming,” Nutt said.
Ben Cleveland will have his injury evaluated tomorrow, and Nutt is hopeful that the sophomore tight end will return to the field. He said the team really misses Cleveland’s contributions to the offensive unit.
Arkansas is scheduled to practice Thursday afternoon as the team continues to game plan for the season opener against Troy. Log on www.hogwired.com for more coverage of Razorback football.