Hogs Return to Practice; Finalize Strategy for
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After taking a day off to watch film, lift weights and run, the Arkansas football team returned to the practice fields for two hours this afternoon in preparation for their bowl game against Minnesota.
“It was a good day yesterday,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “You always worry about making sure they’re doing enough. They had a really good extended meeting time, we had good weights and we ran them good.
“They came back out with a real great attitude today,” Nutt said. “They were fresh and again we scrimmaged our younger people. We’re constantly trying to hit the Minnesota game plan.”
The Music City Bowl will mark the first time Arkansas has faced Minnesota. The Gophers are unlike any team the Razorbacks have played against this year.
“Alignment wise they’re like Auburn,” Nutt said. “They have good speed with the corners and the safety. They’re probably not as big on the defensive side as we’ve seen all year, but they play awfully hard. Offensively, they’re huge.”
The freshmen scrimmaged at the close of practice for the third time this week, with new faces trying to make an impact.
“I’m really excited about John Jackson,” Nutt said. “Wes Murphy is going to be a really good football player. Sam Olajubutu, Desmond Sims, Michael Coe, Reginald Banks, those guys stand out on defense. Vickiel Vaughn is a big time hitter and more of a safety time. He could probably play closer to the line of scrimmage.
“Offensively Gene Perry and Tyler Morgan. Johnny Johnson keeps making a play a day,” Nutt said. “He’s so quick, a lot like Fred. David Thompson has been impressive all throughout the fall. I think he’s going to be a good receiver. I’m excited about all of them.”
Arkansas and Minnesota will take the field in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., at The Coliseum. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., on Monday, December 30. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
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