Nutt Happy with Razorbacks Steady Improvement
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas football team is a week into spring practice and Head Coach Houston Nutt is already seeing signs of improvement.
The Razorbacks practiced in full pads for about two hours Monday afternoon on the practice fields behind Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Fresh off Saturday’s first full scrimmage of the spring, Nutt feels his team is steadily improving.
“The film from Saturday’s scrimmage showed that we were getting better,” Nutt said. “It was pretty much what we said following the scrimmage. We made some plays and made some improvements. You just keep working and we are seeing a little bit of improvement each time out. Maybe not leaps and bounds, but we are seeing improvement and that is encouraging.”
Injuries have been a problem that has plagued the Hogs early on this spring. Several important parts of the Razorbacks’ football team are standing on the sidelines watching right now.
“It is so frustrating to see guys like Cody Green, Tony Ugoh, Zack Tubbs and Jonathan Luigs all lined up on the sidelines,” Nutt said. “And then you add Fred Bledsoe and Chase Pressley and that is tough. You are missing a lot of good work.”
Chase Pressley, an offensive guard out of Fort Smith, went down in Monday’s practice with a concussion during middle drill. Pressley’s concussion comes right on the heels of losing Fred Bledsoe to a concussion during Saturday’s scrimmage.
“Bledsoe hit his helmet on the ground on the 43rd play of Saturday’s scrimmage when he made that sack,” Nutt said. “You saw the back of his head hit the ground really hard. He got up and made the next couple plays and you could see him start to lose it. We had to put him in the hospital and check him over, but he was back out here watching practice today.”
Arkansas will practice again on Tuesday in full pads at 3:30 p.m. Practices will continue to remain open for only the first 15 minutes before they are closed.
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