Hogs have Short Final Practice before Facing T
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks held at short one-hour practice on the fields behind Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium before they face their first conference opponent on Saturday for the 2002 season when the Alabama Crimson Tide come to Fayetteville, Ark.
“It was a good day with good concentration,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “It was a good day with our kicking game and just trying to hit every situation, every possible substitution and the tricks they may run. Everybody seems focused now and it’s time to get ready. These are the last 48 hours.”
Nutt commented on the attention quarterback Matt Jones has received after he wore a knee brace at yesterday’s practice.
“Matt Jones got way too much attention,” Nutt said. “He’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with him. Dean wanted to do it and he’s got 30 years experience and I believe in that guy. He’ll (Matt Jones) be ready to go.”
The Arkansas team also prepared for the surprises and tempo the Alabama team is expected to run.
“If you look at their team, they’ve done a great job of setting the tempo with surprise on-sides, fake field goals to create the tempo and get their offense great field position,” Nutt said. “So we hit a lot on that today. They’re not afraid to gamble, even backed up, so you’ve got to be ready.”
Nutt addressed the concern of his players losing quickness after opening the season with two non-conference opponents and then having an off week.
“They seem quick. I hope we’re quick and it seems like we really are. I think we’ve been smart in the way we’ve run them and the way we did the off week, so hopefully we’ll be just as fast if not faster.”
Arkansas and Alabama will take the field this Saturday, September 28, at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark., at 6:45 p.m. The game is being nationally televised on ESPN.
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