Hogs Put On Full Pads For Friday Practice
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks closed the first week of practice with full pads and full contact in a two-hour practice session Friday morning.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said that although there was some confusion early on, he noticed improvement across the board from the Hogs.
“We are throwing a lot at the players right now,” Nutt said. “We are throwing the whole book at them and sometimes it makes it look like they don’t know what they are doing, and a lot of them don’t. But, the good thing is that we are getting better fundamentally and that is what you look for.”
The Razorbacks officially have their first two-a-day practice slated for Saturday with the first session beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the second session set for 3 p.m.
“The grind begins tomorrow for them,” Nutt said. “We’re going to try to prepare them for this next week of two-a-days. The sun is coming out and making it hot and it’s not easy. It’s always tough, but that is where you find out what our guys have got.”
Nutt added the younger players will see plenty of time in scrimmage situations while the starters get fewer reps.
“The first team offensive line and guys like Caleb Miller, Clarke Moore and the others we know will start won’t get as much work. But, guys like James Johnson and Jayson Johnson, Desmond Simms and John Jackson who are fighting for a position will get more time.”
Sophomore Cedric Washington saw his first action at wide receiver during Friday’s practice. Washington had been practicing at quarterback this week until the move.
“He did an outstanding job today,” Nutt said. “He really did some good things. He has speed and his knowledge at quarterback gives him an edge knowing the routes. He’s still the next quarterback to go in the game if something were to happen to Matt (Jones) or Ryan (Sorahan), because he is the most knowledgeable.”
Wide receiver David Thompson injured his right leg during Thursday’s practice and is schedule for an MRI. The Hogs will practice twice Saturday before taking Sunday off.
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