Hogs Ease Into Full Pads
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas eased into full pads for the first time this preseason on Wednesday afternoon to cap another day of multiple workouts amid temperatures topping the century mark.
The Hogs practiced in shorts and shoulder pads in the Walker Pavilion in the morning session before donning the full gear for afternoon work.
“It was good to get the full pads on today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “We were a little sluggish at the end, but we expected that. It got hot out there and I think that contributed too. It’s an adjustment to go to full pads the first time. This time next week it won’t be like that. ”
Nutt is pleased with his squad’s progress to this point on the field. The third-year head coach would like to see a couple of key players return however. Linebacker Quinton Caver is sidelined with tendinitis in his knee while rover Jimmy Beasley has been bothered by a strained hamstring.
“I think we are ahead of where we thought we would be at this point,” Nutt said. “To this point we haven’t had anybody on the IV’s with the heat. If we can keep on staying relatively healthy and keep guys on the field we will be okay. We need to get guys like Quinton Caver and Jimmy Beasley back.”
Arkansas will take to the field for a pair of practices on Thursday and Friday before participating in Razorback Fan Day on Saturday. The Hogs will sign autographs from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday before staging a scrimmage in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at 6 p.m.
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