Hogs Begin Readying for Volunteers
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Houston Nutt and the Arkansas Razorbacks began practice on Tuesday in preparation for this week’s match-up against the Tennessee Volunteers. It seemed that the Hogs had forgot about the loss to the Crimson Tide as Nutt felt the team had a good practice.
“It’s always good to come back out on the field and get better, try to improve at everything,” Nutt said. “The guys gave us good effort today, and we went a little longer today than usual. We had a good scouting report and that’s why we went longer.”
Nutt rated the Razorback running backs high, noting their care of the ball.
“The running backs have been doing well, running hard. They’ve been doing a good job taking care of the ball. Cedric Cobbs is giving second and third efforts. All of our backs, Fred Talley, De’Arrius Howard, Mark Pierce, are running hard and doing well.”
Nutt also gave an update on the condition of Talley’s injury.
“He had a severe sprained left wrist and the x-rays were negative,” Nutt said. “It might be slightly fractured, but we just don’t know for sure yet. He wasn’t able to practice today. Marcus Whitmore was injured in practice today and we don’t know the extent of it. He is going to be x-rayed on his shoulder and he was hurt during team drills.”
Addressing the missed tackles, Nutt wanted his team to be more physical in today’s practice.
“We went pretty physical today,” Nutt said. “We did a lot of form tackling and butted up good during team drills. Later we went good on good until the end of practice.”
The Razorbacks will make their second of three consecutive television appearances as they play their second straight game on ESPN on Saturday. The Hogs will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 6:45.
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