FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas football team completed a 90-minute workout Tuesday on the practice fields located just south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. It was the team’s first game-week practice as it prepares to open the 2007 season Saturday against Troy.
Head coach Houston Nutt liked the way his team practiced and said the players need to continue to focus and execute in all aspects of the game. He also thought the team did a good job of eliminating mistakes that could hurt in games like dropping passes and jumping off sides.
“We had really good concentration today,” Nutt said. “I thought, for the most part, they came out here and concentrated for the full practice.
“I don’t think we’ll have a problem keeping them focused. They’re so anxious; we want to make sure their energy is fully loaded for Saturday.”
Nutt’s confidence in the wide receivers continues to grow as the unit has gotten stronger during these preseason workouts.
“Robert Johnson has really stepped up and done a good job of leading,” Nutt said. “London Crawford has been very good and consistent. Reggie Fish has done some good things, so has Crosby Tuck.”
Nutt said he is also pleased with the tight ends and the work they’ve done, as well as the pass-catching abilities of the backfield. With some game experience under his belt, junior quarterback Casey Dick is showing his leadership skills, too.
“(Casey) is making better decisions and doing a better job with the offense,” Nutt said. “Coach (David) Lee has done a good job with him and I think he’s got some confidence in what we’re doing. I’m excited to see him play Saturday.”
After sitting out Friday, Nathan Dick and Jerell Norton returned to practice, which was a welcomed sight for Nutt. Matt Hewitt missed Tuesday’s practice, but is expected to be back on the field Wednesday.
The Razorbacks will continue to get ready for their first game of the season when they return to the practice fields Wednesday afternoon. Log on to www.hogwired.com for more news on Arkansas football.