FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas football team practiced almost two hours Wednesday afternoon in full pads on the practice fields south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
“We had a good day today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said following Wednesday’s workout. “We had some guys that moved around really well and had good concentration. We had a good long practice and I have been very pleased with their attitude, and the way they are going about work.
The Hogs’ coaching staff has emphasized hard work and focus this week after a 27-10 win at then-No. 2 Auburn last Saturday. With seven games left in the regular season and five key conference games, the 17th-ranked Razorbacks have to focus on one game at a time.
“That is what we are looking for, and that is what we are tying to gauge. How are you coming out to practice? Are your trying to get better? You either get better or you get worse. These guys have been working extremely hard and we have to keep it going.”
The Hogs’ offense held the ball for more than 30 minutes in their win at Auburn and controlling time of possession is a key factor for winning football games over the course of the season.
“There is nothing like holding the ball over 30 minutes and no turnovers,” Nutt said. “You are helping everybody. You are helping your team and you are helping your defense by keeping them rested … We have to keep that going. We have to be able to keep the ball, run the clock and score points.”
The Razorbacks will hold a short practice on Thursday before facing Southeast Missouri State at 1 p.m. Saturday for Homecoming.