FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 5 Arkansas football team practiced for 90 minutes Tuesday afternoon in full pads as they began preparations for Saturday’s road contest with Mississippi State.
The Razorbacks started their workout on the grass practice fields south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, but the offense moved inside the stadium after roughly 30 minutes. The Hogs’ defense joined them at the end of practice for a two-minute drill.
“Today was good, it was really good,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “It was concentration and we came out here with a business-like attitude. We cut it down just a little bit (time of practice). Jeremy Harrell really stepped up with (Stephen) Parker out. I thought Mitch Petrus and Ben Cleveland really stepped up for the injured Peyton Hillis and Farod Jackson.”
A possible let down heading to this week’s game with Mississippi State has the Hogs taking the same approach this week they have taken all year.
“We are going to handle it just like the last seven weeks,” Nutt said. “It is concentration, it’s preparation, it’s an attitude. Sam Olajubutu wanted a meeting today without the coaches. That is the first we’ve had, really, since 1998 where a senior asked me to have a meeting without the coaches. It just shows me the ownership, the attitude, the focus. They want to do it and they want to do it the right way.”