Razorbacks Have Second Day of Practice for the
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Hoping to heal some of its injuries with an open date this week, the University of Arkansas football squad held its second practice of the week on Wednesday.
“We had two good days back-to-back,” UA head coach Houston Nutt said. “I really appreciate the effort and the attitude. We got a lot of people some plays today, especially the redshirt freshmen and the backups. We had a middle drill today with our front seven to emphasize stopping the run. They have to be like firemen sometimes and if something bad does happen, then they have to stop it. We got two good days and a lot of things accomplished and hopefully we can just keep it going and get better and then take it to the field.”
When asked about the progress of injured quarterbacks Zak Clark and Robby Hampton, Nutt said, “Zak was a little sore today after he got his foot stepped on yesterday. Other than that, he was throwing the ball good. Robby had another good day and then we are introducing some things to Chris Link.”
Clark suffered a sprained ankle in Saturday’s loss to South Carolina and when asked about the number of snaps Clark was handling during practice, Nutt said, “We are not letting him get any team work against the defense were somebody could bump into him or he can not really protect himself. He is doing the pass skeleton and run polish (drills) like he has been doing all year long preparing him and that is why he could go in the game like that. He will be ready mentally, but we are just trying to get him ready as well we can without getting him stepped on or hit again.”
The Razorbacks secondary is also seeing some new faces on the playing field due to injuries.
“They were really competitive,” Nutt said. “We have got to be that way. You have got to hit back a little bit. You have got to get a little bit nastier and they have been showing some good signs. I have been really proud of them.” Center Josh Melton, who suffered a concussion in the loss to the Gamecocks, missed practice for the second-straight day along with wide receiver Boo Williams, who injured his shoulder.
“He (Melton) had some headaches from the last game and we are going to take some precautions,” Nutt said. “I was just following (head athletic trainer) Dean (Weber’s) orders right there. He does not need to play until the last headache is gone and then you wait 24 hours and he still has headaches right now. (The condition of Williams’ shoulder) is not anything really new right now. They are trying to rehab it and get it tighter and stronger. It is still popping out a little bit.”
The Razorbacks will enjoy this weekend off but will return to action on Oct. 28 when they travel to play the Auburn Tigers at 1 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis.
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