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Razorbacks Endure Heat in Fourth Practice

Razorbacks Endure Heat in Fourth Practice

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The freshmen received no head start on the fourth day of practice as the full squad reported to the fields behind Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at 3 p.m. for workouts in shoulder pads. This afternoon was the first day the Hogs felt the impact of the August heat.
“Today the sun came and got us a little bit,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “You could tell they were a little tired. We had a few that felt sorry for them selves, but we’ve got to pick it up. We needed the heat. We’re in good shape overall. Some of our younger guys are having longer looks, because they’re not used to the pace we’re in right now, but I’m proud of how they’re doing.”
Sophomore Wes Murphy was diagnosed with an enlarged heart, but testing revealed that while his heart is larger than the average person, playing football would not pose a threat to his health. Thursday marked Murphy’s first day to practice with the Razorbacks.
“By NCAA rules he has to start like it’s the first day of practice,” Nutt said. “So he started today with a helmet and no shoulder pads. He has one more day of that before he goes shoulder pads and helmet. He’s going through the drills and he’s been cleared, so that’s a big lift for our team.”
Nutt commented on the quarterbacks and the progress they’ve made this week. Matt Jones and Ryan Sorahan are still sharing the duties for the top contender and their experience at the position shows.
“Ryan and Matt, because they’ve been here the longest, are doing a good job,” Nutt said. “They know what’s going on. They both look good. Cedric Washington, you can tell he’s been here at least a spring. Robert Johnson and Landon Leach have a lot of talent, but they have to keep learning. I’m proud of all of them.”
The offense is also seeing a lift from the performance of senior Cedric Cobbs. “Cedric is running and hitting the hole better than he’s ever hit it and that’s we’re asking him to do,” Nutt said. “Run for four yards first as fast as you can, and then let Mother Nature take over and run with your eyes. Once he’s in the secondary he knows what to do. We don’t want any dancing to the line of scrimmage. He’s been hitting the hole and I’ve been real proud of him.”
With their first two-a-day practice scheduled for Saturday the Razorbacks will conduct practice in full pads at 9:30 a.m., on Friday. Arkansas’ season opener is against Tulsa on Sept. 6, in Fayetteville, Ark.

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