FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks practiced for slightly more then one hour at the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion on Wednesday due to inclement weather in the Fayetteville area. Arkansas continued to implement the Mississippi State game plan minus a few key players who sat out to rest.
“We had a good intensity day with a lot of concentration,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “We had to come inside because of the weather and we had a really good practice. We hit a lot of different things that Mississippi State does offensively and defensively. It was a good overall day.”
One of the key focuses for this weekend’s match up with Mississippi State is empowering the running offense, an aspect of the game the Bulldogs have been able to control this season.
“They have only given up 133 yards and have done a really good job,” Nutt said. “They have excellent speed at the end. They are really close to leading the league in sacks. They have 6-4, 260 speed on one side. The other guy is about 270 and these guys can move. The inside guys, we played against them last year and they are much improved. They have done a good job.”
Nutt and his staff gave some of the players a day off from the physical aspect of practice but Sam Olajubutu, Jamaal Anderson, Marcus Monk, Chris Houston and Matterral Richardson, among others, were on the sidelines watching every play.
“We are just resting them,” Nutt said. “They will be ready to go again tomorrow. They had a good mental day. They have played a lot of plays this year.”
Starkville presents many challenges for the Razorbacks. A remote location, an intense lockerroom and an improving Bulldog squad will be just a few of the obstacles Arkansas will face on Saturday.
“We have too much to play for,” Nutt said. “We have the attitude and the theme song of one game at a time with great focus. I am very proud of our seniors. They have been taking ownership of the theme song and hopefully we will keep it up all the way through Saturday.”