FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks had their last practice before Homecoming weekend and the Southeast Missouri State game on Thursday, lasting for slightly less then one hour in the brisk Northwest Arkansas weather. Saturday’s Homecoming kick off will be at 1 p.m.
“I thought we had an excellent week of concentration,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “We had another good week of getting better and our guys came to work each and every day. Now it’s time to take it to the field. There is nothing like homecoming, nothing like former players, alumni coming back. We are looking forward to the game.”
Nutt has focused his energy on keeping the team concentration high this week.
“I have been really proud (of the high concentration level this week),” Nutt said. “That’s how you get better, that’s how you win. I want them to keep that up and take it to the field. The only thing we can do right now is beat Southeast Missouri State and that is what we have been telling them since Sunday. Now we have to go execute and play football.”
A little banged up after the romp with Auburn, Sam Olajubutu took limited reps during practice this week but Nutt is confident in his ability to bounce back.
“He’s been sore all week,” Nutt said. “He has had limited reps but he’s warrior. He always wants to play. He’ll be out on the field.”
Injuries have plagued the Razorbacks since fall camp and the depth of Nutt’s squad will be tested again this weekend with the absence of Antwain Robinson because of an injury.
“We are going to try to play everyone that we can, our starters,” Nutt said. “We are going to get everybody on the field just like this was Auburn or Alabama. We want to play just like it is an SEC opponent because there are still some things that we have to get better at. It’s going to be hard to get Antwain Robinson in to the game (because of the amount of practice that he has missed). We’ll see; he won’t start for sure. It doesn’t look good.”
Looking to take Robinson’s starting nod at defensive end is Malcolm Sheppard, Chris Wade and Jamaal Anderson.