FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Thursday marked the University of Arkansas football team’s fourth day of two-a-day preseason practices and second in full gear as temperatures topped the 100-degree mark during the afternoon session.
“It was very hot today,” UA head coach Houston Nutt told the media following Thursday’s second practice. “We tried not to let them (the players) know about it, but it’s hard when you’ve got the pads on.”
The Razorbacks staged a two-hour morning workout indoors at Walker Pavilion and put in another two hours of work in the afternoon on the outdoor practice fields.
“The concentration was better today,” Nutt said, “even in a two-minute drill. We’re just trying to put in a little bit (of the playbook) at a time, from two-minute to goal line, substitutions, nickels and dimes on defense, zone pressure. We’re just trying little bit by little bit to put in this package and trying to hit everything. What we look for are people who are going to concentrate, especially when you start getting tired and start feeling sorry for yourself.
“I think Robby (Hampton) did an excellent job of handling the offense,” Nutt said. “Cedric (Cobbs) ran well. I think the offensive line did an excellent job of making some calls and protecting our quarterback.”
Brandon Holmes (dislocated finger) and Jimmy Beasley (hamstring) returned to the practice field Thursday, but Quinton Caver (tendenitis in knee) may miss a few more workouts. “We’re going to go with (Director of Athletic Training) Dean Weber’s experience,” Nutt said, “and he would say, ‘If you got him out here (today), you’re going to lose him next week.’ So if we could just give him, maybe, three more days. As long as we get him 12 to 14 days… two weeks before that first game, he’ll be fine.”
The Razorbacks will continue two-a-day workouts Friday before taking part in Razorback Football Fan Appreciation Day and a scrimmage on Saturday. Scheduled for 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in front of the poultry science building across Maple Street from the Broyles Athletic Center, Razorback Football Fan Appreciation Day will feature UA players and coaches available for autographs, free schedule posters and free bumper stickers. The Hogs’ first scrimmage of the preseason will follow at 6 p.m. at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.