Razorbacks Maintain Focus in Practice
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback football team took two hours for practice in preparation for their Homecoming game against Ole Miss. The offense spent the last half of practice indoors at Walker Pavilion, while the rest of the team stayed outside in the rain.
“They did a good job of making a tough day a better day than I thought,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “I’m really proud of Raymond House, Fred Talley, Gavin Walls, Josh Melton and Sparky Hamilton. A lot of those seniors really stepped up and did a good job. That’s what you’ve got to have-a big time bonding and togetherness. When somebody falls down, you’ve got to get yourself up and get going. It wasn’t a perfect practice by any means, but it was pretty good.”
With the recent dismissal of senior nose guard Jermaine Brooks, Nutt addressed who would fill his position on the defensive line.
“Jason Peters will probably get more plays,” Nutt said. “We looked at Shawn Andrews a little bit over there. We’re just going to try to evaluate over the next two days to see what we can do.”
The moving of positions also brought up the issue of versatile players, such as Nathan Ball, who would have the possibility of taking on new roles this weekend.
“The good thing about Nathan (Ball) is that he can go to a couple spots: guards or tackles. He’s a jack-of-all-trades and we’re thankful to have him. Zac Tubbs got a lot of extensive work today and Jared Hicks is taking more reps at tight end.”
Needed Razorbacks who had previously been on the injury list are expected to play and contribute in the patched together offense and defense.
“Mark (Bokermann) and Justin Scott are back,” Nutt said. “They’re not full speed yet, but I think they’re going to be much better than they have been in a couple weeks. Cedric Cobbs is still running. That’s two days in a row that he’s made it through a full practice.”
Nutt also addressed how the Hogs will try to contain Rebel quarterback Eli Manning.
“We’ve had a couple years experience with him,” Nutt said. “One real long one last year, so we know he’s very, very good. He’s doesn’t get sacked much. He’s had seven sacks for the year, so he knows how to get rid of it. You’ve got to keep the receivers in front of you and tackle well. He’s going to complete his share, but what we want to do is make sure is that he doesn’t have a bunch of easy ones.”
The Arkansas Razorbacks will face the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday, October 26, at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
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