FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback football team completed its final practice Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s home game against Kentucky. Head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with the team’s focus and level of play during the workout.
“We had another good day today (with) excellent concentration,” Nutt said. “We hit the kicking game like we do every Thursday—lots of intensity—hitting every substitution. We worked hard on the punt return and kickoff return to get ready for the Kentucky Wildcats.”
Nutt said the Razorbacks have to focus on executing in the running game and taking care of the football against Kentucky’s defense.
“We’ve been doing a good job of blocking,” Nutt said. “Let’s eliminate the mistakes, stay on the field, keep our defense on the sidelines and score points.”
On special teams, the Razorbacks have been working on returns to handle the different situations the opposition may throw at them. Nutt said his players expect teams to try and keep the ball out of the hands of the Arkansas playmakers.
“We’re always ready for onside (kicks) trying to keep it away from Darren and Felix because we do such a good job with our kickoff return, so we expect it,” Nutt said.
Nutt said the defense will need to make plays and be aware of the offensive weapons Kentucky uses.
“We have to do a good job all around in the secondary,” Nutt said. “Our guys have worked hard this week and we’re going to be better.”
Saturday’s game will be Arkansas’ first home game since the season opening win against Troy. After being on the road in their last game, the Razorbacks are looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd.
“There’s nothing like coming home,” Nutt said. “We’re excited about it. It’s going to be a packed house and it’s going to be loud. We need (the fans) loud, we need them at their best.”
Arkansas’ game against Kentucky at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium will be televised Saturday at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN2. Gates will open at 2 p.m. Log on to www.hogwired.com for continued coverage of Razorback football.