Hogs Celebrate the End of Two A Days with Earl
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt gave his squad an early break on Tuesday afternoon as the Hogs celebrated the end of two-a-day practices with a swim. Nutt called his team up an hour into the workout and rewarded them for their hard work during the past two weeks with a trip to the swimming pool.
“I gave them a little bit of a break today,” Nutt said. “They weren’t expecting it. This will be the last two a day. It will be strictly meetings and practice from here on out.”
Prior to their early departure from the practice field, the Hogs focused on the game plan for UNLV. The Rebels’ posses a multi-dimensional offensive attack led by quarterback Jason Thomas.
“We came out here and worked hard on UNLV’s running game,” Nutt said. “They have an excellent running game. They get a hat on a hat. And they have a good quarterback that is dangerous and elusive. They have receivers that can go deep. You have to cover them up and you have to apply pressure.”
The Hogs also spent time polishing their offensive schemes and attempting to find more depth on the defensive line. Senior fullback Sacha Lancaster, a former defensive tackle, has been working as a pass rusher on third-and-long situations with the Razorback defense.
“Offensively we worked on our game in third and three, third and four,” Nutt said. “We mixed up the first and ten situation with good on good. We have had a good camp. It was very physical. They played hard and gave it to us. You just worry about depth on the defensive line. We experimented with Sacha Lancaster at defensive end a little bit. With Curt (Davis) on the sideline and some other guys out we needed the numbers.”
Senior noseguard Curt Davis sat out both of Tuesday’s workouts with swollen right knee. Sophomore quarterback Zak Clark practiced sparingly while recovering from a sore elbow.
Arkansas will hit the practice field once on Wednesday before staging a dress rehearsal on Thursday. The Hogs open on Aug. 30 against UNLV at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark. The 6:30 p.m. CT game will be televised by ESPN.
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