Razorbacks Fight Through Heat on Second Day in
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback football team took to the practice fields behind Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in full pads for the second day while trying to cope with the August heat and humidity.
“They did really good work today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “The guys moved around and fought through the heat. We worked hard on offense and defensive schemes.”
Nutt commented on the improvement of the defense and on several linebackers and who have excelled during the past six practices.
“On defense the one thing I like is they have really good speed and guys are moving around,” Nutt said. “Jeb Huckeba, Gavin Walls, Clarke Moore and Caleb Miller; they really show up when you watch the film. They’ve got to keep it going. Our secondary keeps showing up.
I like the progress of Elliot Harris, Arrion Dixon, Scott Summers and Justin Scott. Those guys have been doing some good things.”
The quarterbacks were hard at work again with drills. Each threw the ball well and had only a few drops, while the receivers struggled with tired legs.
“Offensively we hit real hard again with a two-minute drill,” Nutt said. “I thought Matt Jones made some good throws and moved the club down the field. Tarvaris Jackson did some good things. The last two days Tarvaris Jackson, Ryan (Sorahan) and Matt (Jones) have all been throwing the ball well. We’ve had some drops, but I think it’s because of tired legs.
Our receivers’ legs are dead right now. They’re just really tired. We’ve got a tired group of guys, but that’s what two-a-days are all about.”
A short practice scrimmage will be held tomorrow during the afternoon practice on the fields behind Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and will give the coaches a chance to concentrate on the linemen and some of the freshman.
“Tomorrow, we’ll be looking at both sides of the offensive and defensive lines,” Nutt said. “We’re going to look at some of the freshman: Tony Ugoh, Sam Olajubutu, Wes Murphy, Chase Pressley and Brandon Kennedy. We’re going to put them in some situations and see how they respond.”
Several key players have suffered injuries since two-a-days started on August 15, but Nutt remains optimistic about their recoveries. Fred Talley sat out with a sore left shoulder and Lawrence Richardson suffered a groin pull. During morning practice in the Walker Pavilion Tom Crowder ran into a hydraulic camera lift in the end zone while running a post pattern. Crowder suffered cuts and bruises and is listed as day to day. Marvin Jackson will have surgery on Thursday for his torn ACL.
“Josh Melton had a MRI on his right knee and initial indications appear to be a sprain, but we’ll know more on Wednesday,” Nutt said. “So that’s good news. Fred Talley is getting better, but I don’t think he’ll be back until next week. But it’s looking good. I think we’ve had enough injuries to talk about.”
The Hogs will continue two-a-days until August 24. They will end with a scrimmage at 6 p.m. after the Fan Day festivities, also on August 24.
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