FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Razorback football returned to the practice field today for the first time since taking a 38-3 SEC win from Ole Miss. Currently ranked No. 13/14, Arkansas will face Louisiana-Monroe, Sat., Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. on ESPNU, in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium.
“We had a good day today; it was a good start to the week,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “We are trying to keep our guys extremely focused. We want effort. We want to get better. After watching the (Ole Miss) film, our guys came out of the meeting knowing they can get better. You want to bring that to the practice field and practice with a purpose. You either get better or you get worse and we want to keep getting better. Offense, defense, special teams, every area of your game you want to get better.”
Despite the Warhawk’s 1-6 record, including a six-game losing skid, Nutt is preparing his players like he would for any match up. He is fully aware that anything can happen on any given Saturday.
“This is a team that hasn’t won’t in the last few weeks but they could fake every field goal, they could fake every punt,” Nutt said, “So there are a lot of things that you have to cover. The main thing is you have to be ready to play.”
In addition to ULM’s special teams capabilities, Nutt is also concerned with the offensive potential the Warhawks have shown earlier in the season when they collected 200+ yards of rushing during a 41-7 loss to Alabama.
“This team has a very good offensively,” Nutt said. “They have good skill guys who can run. Putting 219 yards on Alabama is a really good game for about three quarters. It’s a mindset to how you approach the game. You can’t take anyone for granted.”
Saturday’s game will also mark the Razorbacks’ first trip to Little Rock and War Memorial Stadium. Nutt believes that a change of scenery and venue will only help his improving squad.
“It’s where I’m from,” Nutt said. “Growing up in (War Memorial Stadium) has always meant so much to me. I think our players will enjoy something just a little bit different. I think it comes at a good time. A lot of those fans down there haven’t seen our guys yet so it will be a good, exciting atmosphere. Fayetteville has been a great place for us these past few weeks but it’s a good change right now, especially this late in the season.”