FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas football team opened its game-week practices Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s game with Florida International. The squad split with the offense working outside on the practice fields, while the defense headed inside Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion.
“Our guys came out again with a good attitude and a bounce in their step,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “I want our guys to concentrate on executing and playing fast.”
At this point of the season, Nutt said the Hogs need to be focused on improving and being accountable for the job at hand when they step on the football field in practice and in game situations.
“Now it’s about getting better and not so much about our opponent, it’s about us,” Nutt said. “We’re coming to practice with only one approach and that’s to get better.”
Despite Florida International’s record (0-7) on the season, Nutt said the Hogs have to be ready to play. He said the players have to be prepared for a FIU team that played Maryland and Miami tough earlier this season.
Nutt continues to be pleased with the progress made by receiver Marcus Monk, but isn’t able to say when and how much Monk will be able to play. The senior wide out participated in a full practice, including working in one-on-one drills.
“We got a lot out of Marcus today,” Nutt said. “He’s far more ready now than he has been.”
Fellow receivers London Crawford and Robert Johnson sat out during Tuesday’s practice.
The Razorbacks are scheduled to return to the practice fields Wednesday afternoon as they prepare for the 2007 Homecoming game Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. Log on to www.hogwired.com for continued coverage of UA football.