FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 13th-ranked Arkansas football team finished its game-week preparations for South Carolina on Thursday with a 75-minute workout on the grass practice fields south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The Hogs depart Friday morning for Columbia, S.C., for their 6:45 p.m. kickoff Saturday that will be broadcast nationally on ESPN from Brice-Williams Stadium.
“It was a good day today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt. “We had a good concentration day. Thursday always has to be a great mental day. We hit every area in the kicking game, the offense, the defense and then ended things with the two-minute drill.”
All-American linebacker Sam Olajubutu practiced well on Thursday and is expected to be ready to go for Saturday night’s game. Defensive tackle Marcus Harrison also made strides on Thursday.
The night game at South Carolina will be a new experience for the Razorbacks and Coach Nutt knows that the Brice-Williams crowd will be fired up. The offense spent part of practice on Thursday inside the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion with music blaring in an attempt to prepare for the crowd noise.
“We have been at some loud stadiums and most of our guys are used to it,” Nutt said. “We went inside to really try and bring that noise level really high. This is the first time we have played a night in Columbia, so we are expected them to be a little bit louder.”