FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 8 Arkansas football team returned to the practice field for the first time this week on Tuesday as they began to implement the game plan for No. 4 Florida in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game.
The Razorbacks worked out for 90 minutes on the turf inside the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion in shells. The Hogs also turned up the music to try and create an atmosphere similar to what they will see on Saturday.
“They (the team) know there is only two teams (in the SEC) still practicing today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “It is a great feeling to be going to play in a championship game. They practiced extremely fast today and everybody had great listening skills. I was proud of the way they moved around.”
UA quarterback Casey Dick, who struggled against LSU’s top-ranked defense, turned in one of his best practices of the season. Backup quarterback Mitch Mustain also looked sharp during Tuesday’s drills.
“I thought Casey (Dick) came out and looked very, very sharp,” Nutt said. “Mitch (Mustain) also got some reps and looked very good.”
Arkansas also focused on getting the Hogs’ talent group of young receivers more involved in an effort to spark the passing game.
“Again this week is one of the better defenses (Florida) and it has been like that for the last few weeks,” Nutt said. “These guys have to keep doing what they did today, which is practice real hard, compete and get ready to go. We have those guys out there and we have some plays for them, now it is about execution.”
The Florida quarterback combo of Chris Leak and Tim Tebow will pose a challenge to a Razorbacks’ defense that has kept the Hogs in a position to win each week.
“Chris Leak is an outstanding quarterback with outstanding receivers,” Nutt said. “He is very mobile and very accurate. They are big play guys. If you watch their film they make big plays and you have to keep that to a minimum.”