LAS VEGAS – Sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s greeted the University of Arkansas football team as the Razorbacks practiced Sunday morning for the first time since arriving for Thursday’s Las Vegas Bowl IX against UNLV.
UA head coach Houston Nutt and his staff put the team through its paces during a brisk, 90-minute workout at Desert Pines High School, which will serve as the Hogs’ practice site throughout the week.
“We had a very good day today (with) good concentration,” Nutt said afterward. “Guys worked hard and moved around. We got some good individual work, along with some good team (drills).”
With the game scheduled for Thursday, Nutt and his staff have had to adjust their game-week schedule accordingly. “This is kind of a Tuesday practice in our minds,” Nutt explained. “Tomorrow will be a Wednesday. So it’s a short quick week, but it’s off to a good start.”
Nutt was pleasantly surprised by the precision the Hogs showed during their first practice since making the trek to Las Vegas. “The effort, the first step, the ball-handling, throwing, catching… it all looked pretty sharp for a first day,” Nutt said.
The Razorbacks will attend a live performance by comedian Carrot Top at the MGM Grand on Sunday night and will return to the practice field Monday at 9:30 a.m. PT.
Arkansas (6-5) will compete in its third postseason bowl in three years when the Razorbacks face UNLV (7-5) on Thursday. Kickoff for Las Vegas Bowl IX is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT (7 p.m. CT) at Sam Boyd Stadium with ESPN2 providing a national telecast of the game.