Hogs Practice Outside During Second Day
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the second consecutive day the Razorbacks practiced in shorts, but for the first time they had a chance to practice outside on Thursday. Yesterday the Hogs were forced indoors, because of poor practice field conditions. “We were a little sluggish out there today, because they were sore from yesterday,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “We missed some assignments, but there was a lot of energy out there.”
Friday will mark the first day of practice with full pads on. “Tomorrow we’ll practice with pads on and they’re excited about that,” Nutt said. “We’ll do some line work and increase the tempo. They get their competitive juices going when they’re on the field with pads and they’ll hit hard out there on the field.”
Arkansas’ search for a starting quarterback continued today as Matt Jones, Ryan Sorahan and Tarvaris Jackson each split snaps during practice. Each quarterback excelled in their respected areas, but all still had room for improvement. “They all need work, but Ryan and Tarvaris are ahead of Matt right now,” Nutt said. “Matt will catch up though. Ryan has increased confidence and is by far the most accurate, but Tarvaris has the strongest arm. If you close your eyes you can tell which ball is Tarvaris’, because you can hear the ball whistling.”
Nutt commented on the progress of the defensive side. “When we need some help on at (defensive) ends,” Nutt said. “Elliot Harris and Jayson Johnson have got to step up and help Raymond (House) on the other side.” Nutt hopes someone will emerge as a frontrunner and complete the defensive line.
Nutt looks forward to the team being able to scrimmage in full pads more often. “At the end of each practice we are going to try and scrimmage every day to help them in pressure situations,” Nutt said. “Tomorrow we’re going to do a lot of first and ten drills and go from there. On Saturday we’re going to do a full scrimmage lasting about two hours and then we hope to continue scrimmages a little each day when we’re in full pads.”
The Razorbacks’ final scrimmage of the spring will be held on Saturday, April 13 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
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