FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In preparation for this week’s Louisiana-Monroe match up, Razorback football practiced for an hour and a half inside at the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion. Practice was moved inside because of the rainy Northwest Arkansas weather on Wednesday.
“It was good to come inside; we got a lot of work done today,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “We are getting more bodies back. It was good to see John Johnson back. Darius Vinnett went through a few individual drills earlier. Desmond Williams came back yesterday. It was good timing.”
Cedric Washington is practicing on a limited basis after suffering a concussion during the Southeast Missouri State game. Darius Vinnett, also suffering from a concussion, took a few reps during Wednesday’s practice.
“He still has a few slight headaches so we just have to be careful with him,” Nutt said. “He has been coming to practice and participating in the first few periods. I’m very concerned with (concussions). They can be very severe, very dangerous. You have to take precautions and follow the doctors’ orders. I think Darius Vinnett is a little bit further ahead of Cedric in terms of recovery.”
Nutt and his staff remain focused on keeping the concentration level high and, in addition to facing Louisiana-Monroe, the players are also focusing on playing in Little Rock.
“They are excited about (playing in Little Rock),” Nutt said. “A lot of the older guys are talking to our younger guys about it. There’s a lot of excitement.”
The ULM game is another chance for Nutt’s squad to improve and fine tune their game. Today in practice Reggie Fish, Peyton Hillis and Damian Williams worked on punt return drills. Fish still has the starting job but wants a back up plan in place.
Nutt is also using this opportunity to expand on plays that have and haven’t worked so far this season. He is also looking at plays and what other situations can be derived from them.