Hogs Go Through Another Physical Practice; And
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks hit the turf hard again as they practiced for a little more the two hours inside Walker Pavilion. Most of the workout was highlighted by the first-teamers going up against each other. Arkansas also worked on its kicking game as the Razorbacks get ready to face the Missouri Tigers.
“We had a really good practice today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “We got a lot of things accomplished and we went good on good to get the speed of the game. We also worked hard on the kicking game. This has been great to have an indoor facility like this to get some quality work and also for our younger people it’s been really good.”
Additionally, Nutt shared that the doctors will not clear junior All-American Shawn Andrews to play in the Mainstay Independence Bowl on Dec. 31.
“I got word from the doctors that Shawn Andrews will not be able to play,” Nutt said. “So I hope they can get all that corrected and get him well.”
Taking Andrews’ spot on the line is Zac Tubbs and Nutt has been encouraged with the sophomore’s effort in practice.
“He’s doing really good and he’s getting in much better shape,” Nutt said. “His steps are much better and he cares. He’s cares a great deal and he doesn’t want to let anyone down. He wants to please the rest of those seniors on the line of scrimmage. I’m very proud of him.”
Freshman Robert Johnson has been filling the role of Mizzou quarterback Brad Smith in practices and is giving the Razorbacks a good preview of a mobile QB.
“Robert Johnson looks so similar to Brad (Smith),” Nutt said. “He does a great job of throwing the ball and he runs around. He’s the one guy that’s in good shape that is the most tired right now. He could hardly get back to the locker room yesterday, because he runs from the minute he gets on the turf for the next three hours. He’s doing good.”
Overall, Nutt has been very pleased with the level of intensity of this week’s practices and hopes to keep that level elevated with the help of the hard-working seniors. The Hogs will also continue to improve their fundamentals and prepare for their trip to the Mainstay Independence Bowl. Arkansas and Missouri will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, in Shreveport, La., with ESPN televising the game.
“It’s been three good days of pretty good intensity,” Nutt said. “If you watch it’s been very physical and we’ve had a couple three-hour practices with a lot of hitting and they’re pretty sore right now. One thing you loose at the end of the year are the fundamentals, so this is what you love, coming back and staring over. It’s about half practice spring ball and half on Missouri. It’s been real good. You love the seniors, because they want to go out the right way and they’re practicing like it. To me that’s the pulse of the team.”
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