FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — With two-a-days behind them, the University of Arkansas football team focused on the development of its game plan during a Wednesday afternoon workout.
“We are now inside eight days and we really prepared our guys today,” UA head coach Houston Nutt said. “We did anything we could think of. We tried to think of everything we’ve ever seen in our careers. We worked on two-minute situations and getting in and out of the huddle. After ending two-a-days yesterday, the guys came out and their legs seemed to be fresh and they were able to bounce around.”
After practice Coach Nutt did address the move of Sacha Lancaster, who spent much of his time during the afternoon on the defensive front. With Curt Davis recovering from a swollen knee, Lancaster was moved to add depth. Nutt told reporters that the switch was only permanent for today, however, he did take comfort in knowing Lancaster would be able to go in for a few plays if necessary. After spending his first two seasons as a defensive tackle and the 2000 season as the Razorback’s starting defensive tackle, Lancaster was listed as the top fullback on the preseason depth chart as he dropped more than 50 pounds for his new position.
Arkansas got some welcome news on the injury front on Wednesday as several players returned to practice. Tight end J. Strain returned to work after suffering a sprained left knee on the first day of varsity practice. Reserve center Dan Doughty (ankle, knee) returned to action as did defensive tackle James Johnson (sprained knee).
Next Thursday night’s game in Little Rock, Ark. against UNLV, has shifted the Razorbacks typical game week practices around. On Thursday, Arkansas will hold a closed practice inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback stadium in order to go through a game script. Workouts will be held on the practice field as normal starting on Friday and running throughout the weekend.
“I think this is the first time we’ve closed it, but we wanted to have a rehearsal,” Nutt said. “I wanted a perfect sideline so we know what is there next week down in Little Rock. I also wanted to keep distractions to a minimum and try to get into game like rhythm.”