Offensive Line Performs Well During Wednesday
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback offensive line drew the praises of head coach Houston Nutt following the third workout of the season Wednesday afternoon on the practice fields behind Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Aided by cloudy skies and a steady breeze, the Razorbacks worked for two and a half hours focusing on team drills in pads for the first time in the preseason workouts.
“The offensive line did well today,” Nutt said. “Bo Lacy, Mark Bokermann, Jerry Reith and Dan Doughty did a really good job of protecting the quarterback. They have been through the wars. Those guys did an excellent of picking up the blitzes from our defense.”
Nutt added that senior defensive back Lawrence Richardson missed practice Wednesday, but could return for Thursday’s workout. Richardson has missed the past two days after having an abscessed tooth pulled.
Although it’s early in preseason practice, Nutt said the coaching staff has already begun teaching the quarterbacks new assignments and drills.
“I wouldn’t say we have given them a lot of new stuff, but there has been some,” Nutt said.
Nutt continued to say the first day in pads may have contributed to the inconsistency of the Razorback quarterbacks.
“It was the first time we’ve had pads on and that our defense has been coming at them with live bullets,” Nutt said. “That is a little bit different for them. There are some new plays, some new reads and that can make things confusing.”
The Razorbacks continue preseason practice with a 3 p.m. session slated for Thursday. The Hogs open the 2003 season Sept. 6 against Tulsa.
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