FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A cold windy day brought Thursday’s practice to a close as the Razorbacks had their final practice of the week in preparation for Saturday’s game against Troy State in Little Rock. Head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with the day’s practice.
“We try to make Thursdays a day of good intensity and concentration,” Nutt said. “We like to really cover all the kicking situations. Last week we had a lot of valuable yards we gained through our kicking game – that’s so important.”
Nutt gave credit to Troy State’s ninth ranked defense, stressing the fact that his team has to be ready.
“When you’re playing a defense like this, you have to have your mind on what you’re doing and who you’re blocking,” Nutt said. “Everyone has to know who to block and come off the ball, because this team can play. It comes down to turnovers. I want our defense to be aggressive, put some pressure on their quarterback and stop the running game. They have a great tailback.”
Nutt expressed his satisfaction of the defensive line’s perseverance.
“I’ve been real proud of how everybody’s gone to another level,” Nutt said. “They’ve played a little bit harder. This game draws every ounce of energy out of you. Everybody’s pulled together and I’ve been real proud of them so far.”
Tony Bua and Clarke Moore sat out of the day’s practice. Bua’s sprained shoulder was nagging him on Thursday and his play on Saturday will be a game-time decision. Moore had a swollen arch and sat out on the day. Nutt believed that he would be ready to play this weekend.