Hogs Back at Work After 10-Day Off Period
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks returned to the practice field for the first time in more than a week with an hour and a half workout Tuesday afternoon.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with the team’s effort during the practice session and said the time off did not diminish the Hogs’ enthusiasm or sharpness.
“It was good to be back on the field today,” Nutt said. “Our guys like being out here and coming to practice. They were a little winded after being off for 10 days. But they were very sharp and they came back hungry.”
Although the Hogs will have to wait until after this Saturday’s Southeastern Conference Championship game to receive a bowl bid, Nutt said the practice time this week will be spent on team and individual fundamentals.
“We basically get an extra spring practice by going to a bowl,” Nutt said. “We get anywhere 15-20 practices not counting the meeting time and work with individuals. Guys like Jason Peters get an opportunity to really improve. He got a lot better just working today. He got to work on things that we just don’t have time to work on during the season because you are just trying to get them ready for the next game.”
Nutt also commented on the differences between going to a bowl game this year than last season.
“Last year we knew we were lucky just to have a winning season and probably felt like we were not going to a bowl,” Nutt said. “This year is so much better because we feel like we earned a spot. It’s a different attitude. We won six straight before losing that last one and they guys want to get that bad taste out of their mouths.”
The Razorbacks finished the 2001 regular season with a 7-4 overall record and a 4-4 mark in the SEC.
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