Razorbacks Hold First Practice in Shreveport
BY ANDRES FOCIL
SHREVEPORT, La. – All the Hogs (8-4, 4-4) arrived safely in Shreveport, La., on Saturday afternoon for the Mainstay Independence Bowl. Arkansas immediately made its way to Independence Stadium where the Razorbacks took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and practiced for almost 90 minutes. Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt was impressed with the facilities and was also very pleased with the athlete’s attitudes.
“We had great weather and a great atmosphere,” Nutt said. “It’s a beautiful stadium. This is much better than it was in ’81 and ’91. They’ve spent some money and made it nice. Their (the players) attitudes have been great. It’s not even close to the attitude from last year.”
Additionally, Nutt commented on the condition of senior free safety Tony Bua’s knee and junior nose guard Titus Peebles’ ankle.
“It’s coming, it’s coming,” Nutt said. “He’s (Tony Bua) going to be all right. We need him (Titus Peebles) to pick it up where he left off. He’s going to play.”
UA will continue to practice Sunday and Monday and have a walk-through on Tuesday before it faces the Missouri Tigers (8-4, 4-4) on Dec. 31. ESPN will televise the SEC-Big 12 match-up at 6:30 p.m. The Independence Bowl marks the sixth straight bowl appearance for the Razorbacks under the guidance of Nutt. Nutt is only the third coach in Arkansas history to accomplish this feat.
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