FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ football team did not hold a full-scale scrimmage as planned, but after a disappointing effort on Friday, head coach Houston Nutt worked in a few periods of scrimmaging at the end of Saturday’s practice.
With only six healthy offensive linemen, the Razorbacks were forced to cancel a full scrimmage. Nutt did not get the effort he wanted on Friday when the Hogs worked out in helmets and shorts, so he closed Saturday’s practice with approximately 20 plays of full contact.
“We didn’t feel like we got enough done (Friday),” Nutt said. “We felt like that was a wasted day. Even though we had helmets on, you can get a lot done, but we didn’t. We had a little different mindset (Saturday). The guys came out and practiced hard, and a lot of the guys wanted to scrimmage.”
Junior safety Randy Kelly closed the session with an interception of a pass tipped by senior safety Vickiel Vaughn.
“We got some good scrimmage plays in,” Nutt said. “We’re getting better. We can’t have turnovers. We started out very well without any penalties or turnovers, and we moved the chains. When you don’t make mistakes, block the person you’re supposed to block, hit the hole and handle the ball, you’ll be able to make first downs.
“The defense really stepped up towards the end on the last seven or eight plays. They’re getting better on their blitzes, hitting some holes with some authority and doing a much better job.”
Nutt singled out a few players for good performances, including senior fullback Brandon Kennedy, senior linebackers Pierre Brown and Sam Olajubutu, junior defensive end Desmond Sims, senior center Kyle Roper, junior guard Stephen Parker and sophomore tackle Robert Felton.
Arkansas closes spring practice next week with five practices. The Razorbacks may not have a full-scale spring game on Saturday as originally planned, but Nutt said there would be some scrimmaging during the practice.
“It will not be the spring game that we planned,” he said. “It was planned to be a full-blown spring game. With a depleted offensive line, we’ll probably have a little practice first. We will scrimmage for our fans and we will keep Razorfest going. We want that to happen and we want our fans to be there. It just will not be a 60- to 70-play game we had planned on. One day we will get there.”