FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Temperatures that ranged from the mid to upper 80s met the Arkansas Razorbacks for their two hour practice Tuesday afternoon on the outdoor practice fields.
In what he called one of the hottest days since practice began, head coach Houston Nutt said the Razorbacks showed signs of fatigue, particularly towards the end of the workout.
“It got a little warm for them today,” Nutt said. “It was a nice day, but it was one of the hottest days so far. We lost some of our concentration and left some balls on the ground. We asked a lot of the guys today.”
Nutt said the injury to center Skye Peterson (broken left hand) has forced other Hogs into action.
“With Skye going down, we are breaking in a new center,” Nutt said. “I’ve been really proud of Jonathan Luigs and how he has stepped in for him. There is a lot of thinking involved with moving from guard to center and he is probably thinking a little too much right now. But, I’ve got a lot of confidence in him.”
Nutt added the injury to Peterson came at a crucial time when he was beginning to grow into the center position.
“It hurts because he will be out a couple of weeks,” Nutt said. “He was really coming on strong. We were starting to see some improvement from him and this happened at a really bad time.”
On a positive note, Nutt said junior college transfer safety Randy Kelly has been ruled eligible and will report to the Razorbacks in the coming days.
“He will have to start off like we did, without pads,” Nutt said. “He has a lot of catching up to do, but we are glad that he is finally going to be a Razorback.”
The Razorbacks will practice twice Wednesday, with a morning and afternoon workout scheduled.