FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas football team continued to work on Sunday as the season opener against UNLV draws closer. After allowing time in the morning for the student-athletes to attend the church service of their choice, the team held a two-hour practice in the afternoon on the outdoor practice field. With the high temperatures in Fayetteville, the squad was able to remain outdoors throughout the practice after having to move things inside in each of the previous two practices.
“They came out with a lot of good concentration today,” UA head coach Houston Nutt said. “It was a shock to a lot of the younger players as we asked them to go through their first real gasser today. We broke them in good though and for the most part it was a great effort day. It was also a good fundamental day and first day for really being out in the heat. We still have a long way to go, and I am cautiously pleased. We’re asking the guys just to be consistent. They’ve been going since January with workouts and then to start having hot two-a-days is a big price to pay.”
After spending the last seven seasons at Rice, David Lee was brought in last spring to coach the quarterbacks. He brought his knowledge of the option offense to Fayetteville, which the Razorbacks worked on during Sunday’s practice. Sophomore Zak Clark missed a portion of the workout due to soreness in his elbow caused by an excessive number of repetitions. With Clark sidelined newcomers Matt Jones and Tarvaris Jackson saw most of the work behind center.
“Zak’s arm is bothering him a lot and his elbow is just a little sore, but it is not serious,” Nutt said. “We brought in two great freshmen quarterbacks and I’m proud of them. I was pleased with the work, they made some good checks and they also made some good passes. All of them are comfortable in the option, but Zak likes to pass. He will do anything we ask him to do though because he is such a team player.”
Throughout the next week, Arkansas will hold to a two-a-day schedule, as it will begin full-contact workouts on Monday. –HOGS–