Rain Forces Hogs Indoors for Sunday Practice
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With a downpour of rain hitting Fayetteville late Sunday afternoon Arkansas moved practice indoors to the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion for two hours. After having a few days off from any kind of physical workouts the Hogs were healthy and anxious to return and begin preparations for their next opponent, South Carolina.
“We had everybody back and had an enthusiastic practice,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “The guys were anxious to practice tonight and today was really good. I’m proud of their attitude and now it’s the home stretch and I think they know that. The month of October will be gone after tonight and it’s time to go for November.
Several injuries have plagued the Arkansas team, but Nutt pointed out that most of the players took part in Sunday’s practice after having to sit out last week.
“Just about everybody was out here and did everything in practice,” Nutt said. “Jared (Hicks) didn’t get all the contact work, but got in a lot of the offensive plays which was really positive. Matt Jones did pass skeleton and some individual work. He’s feeling so much better. He’ll be full speed by Saturday there’s no question.
“Jeb (Huckeba) will do just about everything this week, but of course he won’t try to hit anyone with his hand,” Nutt said. “(Michael) Coe got all the individual work and one-on-one and little bit of pass skeleton. Sam (Olajubutu) made it all the way through until the very end, but I expect him to be full go by Saturday.”
After watching South Carolina and Tennessee play each other over the weekend Nutt shared his thoughts on how the Gamecocks performed.
“I thought South Carolina played hard early on and they’ve got good receivers and a good quarterback,” Nutt said. “They’re a good football team. Their defense has given up very few points. This last Saturday was the most they had given up. They’ve been really positive on the turnover margin. That’s the one thing we can’t do is give them any gifts. They’re at about plus five right now.”
The Razorbacks will travel to Columbia, S.C. to take on the Gamecocks on Nov. 6. The game is being televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports and will air at 11:30 a.m. CT.
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