FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As is an annual tradition for the University of Arkansas football team, former Razorback David Johnson supplied some of the world famous Hope, Ark., watermelon to the squad following Friday afternoon’s practice. The workout, which lasted one hour and 15 minutes, saw Arkansas go without pads in order to insure the proper feeling as today would have been Sunday in a traditional game week.
“Right now we’re trying to get the days right for them,” UA head coach Houston Nutt said. “They’re starting to get their legs back. Tomorrow will be very physical, and we’ll put our pads back on and then we’ll have another good one Sunday afternoon. All the players realize there is truly a light at the end of the tunnel. They’re ready to go hit someone else, and they’re excited about because it’s time.”
Next Thursday night’s game in Little Rock against UNLV will see sophomore quarterback Zak Clark get the starting nod. Clark played in six games a season ago in which he completed 28 of 68 pass attempts for 321 yards and a touchdown.
“Zak Clark had his best day today with the mental part and throwing the ball extremely well on time,” Nutt said. “I’m glad to have a guy that’s been there under center. The things you take for granted he’s seen. He’s been through the war. You appreciate it and now he comes out here and takes it to the field. These younger guys are very talented, but they are still thinking a little bit more. We are in much better shape than we were last year. To have a guy like Zak starting for you, and Ryan who is a guy who has 13 college games under his belt. Then you take two of the most talented freshmen we’ve had here in a long time then it’s exciting. I’m not down on Ryan at all we’re very fortunate to have him.”
On the injury front, Sacha Lancaster is listed as questionable for Thursday after suffering a right ankle injury in Thursday’s workout.
“It’s kind of a fluke,” Nutt said. “He was running down on a kick off and someone hits one of his teammates. That teammate falls down and hits his ankle. It’s like a grapefruit (swelling on ankle), but he’s an around the clock treatment guy. The swelling has gone down, but it’s just a question of how close to full speed he will be. That’s a shame because he’s really a valuable person.”
The Razorbacks will practice Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. before returning to the practice field on Sunday afternoon.