Hogs’ Pit First Teamers Against Each Other in
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt pitted his first team offense against his first team defense on Tuesday as the Hogs worked for a little over two hours in anticipation of this weekend’s game against the No. 25 Auburn Tigers.
The Tigers and Hogs run a similar defensive scheme so Nutt decided the best preparation for his offensive squad was a matchup against the Razorbacks’ league leading defensive unit.
“We had a very good practice today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “We did a lot of work against ourselves. We just had the good on good to get the speed of the game. When you have that many hurt, it hurts your scout team. The defense that they run is just like our defense. So we just said we hey we are going to take the whole team time together and it was real good.”
On the offensive side of the ball, Arkansas will sport a new look against the Tigers. Nutt announced on Tuesday that starting right tackle Gary Hobbs has been suspended for the Auburn game after breaking team rules. Nutt didn’t elaborate on the one-game suspension.
Sophomore Nathan Ball will move from the left side to right tackle to fill Hobbs’ spot. Shannon Money will return to a starting position at left tackle while center Josh Melton has returned to the lineup after suffering a concussion against South Carolina. La’Zerius White and Kenny Sandlin will fill the left and right guard positions respectively.
Split end Boo Williams returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time since dislocating a shoulder against South Carolina on Oct. 14. Williams and freshman quarterback Zak Clark are still listed as questionable for Saturday’s game. “He told me he was going to be back and he was back,” Nutt said. “Now how far he can go Saturday I don’t know, but he has given great effort. Zak is still limping around. He is a little bit better. He is better early in practice and then gets sore as practice goes on and he stays on it. Dean (Weber – UA Trainer) still has a lot of hope for Saturday. But right now we are going to go with Robby (Hampton) and hopefully have Zak available by Saturday. We just don’t know.”
Arkansas and Auburn kick things off at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. A telecast of the game will be available via pay-per-view through a joint venture of the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network and the Auburn Network. The cost of the game will be $24.99 in advance and $29.99 day of the game. Contact your local cable system for more information and availability in your area.
The game may also be ordered by home satellite dish owners. C-Band dish owners may call 1-800-887-8277 to order the game in advance. Subscribers to the Dish Network may purchase the game on the day of the event by tuning to channel 455 and ordering with their remote control. The cost for both Dish Network and C-Band is $29.95. Commercial establishments with a C-Band satellite wishing to broadcast the game should call 1-888-887-8277 to order the game. The game is not being offered by DirecTV.
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