FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas continued preparations for 64th Southwestern Cotton Bowl Classic with an hour of indoor pass skeleton drills Wednesday afternoon at Walker Pavilion. The practice session marked the return of Louis Campbell to the UA practice field after a two-year absence. Campbell, who serves as director of football operations, began his duties as the Razorbacks’ defensive secondary coach for the Cotton Bowl in the wake of Keith Burns’ departure. A standout defensive back for the Hogs during the early 1970s, Campbell coached the UA defensive backs from 1990 to 1997 before assuming his current post.
With most of the Razorback coaches on recruiting trips, Campbell, running backs coach Danny Nutt and graduate assistant Chris Vaughn directed the abbreviated drills.
“It’s just a chance to stay sharp and work on making passes and catches,” Nutt said of the Razorbacks’ light practice. “We want to keep everyone healthy and ready for the start of full practices on Saturday.”
Zak Clark also made his first appearance on the UA practice field. The son of UA assistant baseball coach Doug Clark, Clark signed with the Razorbacks last year after a standout prep career at Fayetteville High School but attended Arkansas as a part-time student to help relieve the Hogs’ over-commitment of scholarships this fall.
Ranked 24th by The Associated Press, the Razorbacks (7-4) will face No. 14 Texas (9-4) Jan. 1 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.