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Razorbacks Continue Preparations for Tulsa

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks Continue Preparations for Tulsa


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With only four days until its first game of the 2003 season Arkansas took to the practice fields for an hour and a half on Tuesday. The Razorbacks are anxious to get on the playing field and continue to prepare for the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes.
“They’re getting ready to play and it seems like it’s been forever since they’ve played a game,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “I’m anxious to get them on the field. We’re really covering hard on substitutions, special teams and field goals. All the things you worry about right before a game. That’s been the emphasis and always trying to be alert to fakes from the opponent.”
The UA staff has had time to scout out the Tulsa team and Nutt shared what he expects to see from them and how he is preparing his squad.
“They’re going to play hard and do some things offensively to give you problems, like moving formations around, screens, draws, reverses, reverse pass, a lot of tricks,” Nutt said. “Defensively, from what we understand it’s a lot like what South Carolina had last year, the three-three package. We just need to execute and have everyone take care of their assignments.”
Nutt also addressed Brandon Kennedy’s start at the fullback position on Saturday and Matt Jones’ improvement at throwing the ball since resting a sore finger.
“We continue to put a lot of stock in Brandon Kennedy,” Nutt said. “He’s only done what’s right from the first day and he’s been working hard and deserves this start. We’re not afraid to put him out there for 60 minutes or two quarters or three quarters, it doesn’t matter.
“Matt threw the ball a lot better today and had some really good ones toward the end of practice. He threw a couple, nice deep balls and executed the two-minute drill perfectly.”
The Hogs’ season opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 6, against Tulsa at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.




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