FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Weather conditions forced the Arkansas football team indoors on Thursday and mounting injuries to the offensive line prevented the Razorbacks from scrimmaging as originally planned.
Head coach Houston Nutt’s club worked out in the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion, but with only six healthy offensive linemen, the Hogs got in very little scrimmage work.
“We had one of our better practices of the spring today,” Nutt said. “Thank goodness for the Walker Pavilion. It’s been raining the last two days. There’s nothing like this facility. I’m really appreciative of it.
“We had five offensive linemen,” he said. “Bottom line, we had five guys and they went just about every snap. We’re taking it one day at a time. Right now I’m just happy that five linemen came on the field for practice today and five linemen went off in one piece.”
The five available linemen on Thursday were junior guard Stephen Parker, junior guard Tyler Morgan, senior center Kyle Roper, sophomore tackle Robert Felton and sophomore tackle Nate Garner. Junior center Skye Peterson, who has been banged up, also got some snaps in place of Roper at center.
“We had to cut practice down a little, but we played extremely fast,” Nutt said. “The quarterbacks improved. The receivers and running backs improved. Our defensive line continues to get better. Desmond Sims (from linebacker to defensive end) was a really good move for us. Marcus Harrison is getting a more natural feeling inside (at tackle). Vickiel Vaughn has been a very good leader for us. I’m really proud of him and how he’s carrying himself.”
With limited numbers on the offensive line, the Razorbacks will not scrimmage on Saturday as originally planned.
“The schedule before the spring was to scrimmage today and Saturday,” Nutt said. “With five offensive linemen, we will not be able to do that, but it’s still physical. We’re going to keep working hard. Saturday we’ll just do the best we can with what we have and keep getting better fundamentally and assignment-wise. Saturday will be a normal practice, like today.”
The Hogs will have regular closed practices on Friday and Saturday.