Razorbacks Continue to Get Ready for the Aggie
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks enjoyed another day of pleasant weather as they practiced for almost 90 minutes in shells and shorts for their non-conference opponent, New Mexico State. Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with the team’s effort and speed on Wednesday and sees his players getting better with each passing day.
“We got another good practice day in for New Mexico State,” Nutt said. “All we want to do each day is get better. To me you can either get better or get worse. Every time you take the field you want to get better and I think for the most part we’re doing that. The guys are bouncing around and playing fast. When we play fast we have a chance. I feel like we have one of the fastest teams and you want to stay like that, especially in November.”
Nutt noted that senior quarterback Ryan Sorahan will start his third-consecutive game and that tailbacks Cedric Cobbs and De’Arrius Howard are close to 100 percent in recovering from their injuries. Both are expected to receive significant playing time on Saturday.
Having the correct mindset to play outside of the Southeastern Conference for the first time since September 20, is something the UA coaching staff has concentrated on this week. The Razorbacks will even take advantage of having a brief practice on Friday.
“We’re trying to emphasize the concentration level and we’ll probably practice a little on Friday,” Nutt said. “That’s something different for November. You want to be a complete ball club no matter who you play. Even though they’re not in the SEC, play hard, because they’re on the schedule. You’re guaranteed 12 opportunities to take advantage of and we play in one of the most beautiful stadiums in the country. We want to play and have fun.”
Nutt also addressed the rotation of the linebackers since Michael Robinson was injured.
“We’ll start Caleb Miller and Sam (Olajubutu), but what we’re hoping to do is get Marcus Whitmore and Desmond Sims in on a lot of plays,” Nutt said. “They’re going to have to play eventually, so we want to get them in there and get them going. The quicker they get in there, the better they’ll be. We’ll start out the way we’ve been going.”
Kickoff for the November 15 game is scheduled for 1 p.m., at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark. The match up with New Mexico State will be the first of two- straight home games for the Hogs. Mississippi State will follow as the last home date on November 22.
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