FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A plethora of Razorbacks made a triumph return to the practice field on Tuesday. With a start time of 4 p.m., practice, with players in full pads, lasted for slightly less then two-hours in much cooler Northwest Arkansas temperatures.
With kick-off against No. 6 Southern Cal a mere four days away, Nutt and his staff have heightened the urgency of stressing game-like situations at practice.
“We had a good today,” Nutt said. “We are just trying to hit every possible situation one more time. We came out in full pads today. This will be our last day in full pads until we play (on Saturday). Tomorrow, we will come out in shoulder and thigh pads.”
With the season opener closing in, Nutt was happy to have more familiar faces during today’s practice. Weston Dacus, London Crawford and Darren McFadden donned full pads and participated in drills. McFadden practiced on a limited basis and is still listed as doubtful against USC. Casey Dick also got some more reps in on Tuesday.
“We started to get a few more guys back today,” Nutt said. “Weston Dacus and London Crawford came back. We dressed out Casey Dick. Darren McFadden was in full pads. That was really positive. We just keep going, keep trying to get better and keep polishing.”
McFadden’s presence, while welcome, is limited but his progress is coming along slowly and steadily.
“He did a few periods,” Nutt said. “He’s progressing well and doing better each day he comes out. He’s probably still doubtful (against USC). He’s jogging and running much better.”
Nutt is also happy to see his complete trio of quarterbacks out on the practice field with the return of Casey Dick.
“That is really positive (Casey Dick throwing without any soreness),” Nutt said. “Both London and Casey (are practicing without soreness). London ran well without any problems and Casey threw all practice without any problems.”
With Saturday’s game on every Razorback’s mind, Nutt has a few key points he is stressing to his players as they prepare to battle No. 6 USC.
“I think the biggest thing is (what happens) early on,” Nutt said. “We don’t want to give anything cheap, we don’t want to give away anything cheap, in any situation. You want to make them earn everything they have. Everything they get, they have to earn it.”
A familiar face with a new look also graced the practice fields today as senior punter Jacob Skinner donned a freshly-shaved head. Skinner, who had been growing his hair out for Locks for Love, donated approximately 10-11 inches of hair to the organization that makes wigs for cancer-treatment patients.