Razorbacks Practice In Light Gear Tuesday
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks inched closer to their season opener against Boise State after wrapping up practice Tuesday afternoon.
The Razorbacks worked out for an hour and a half on the outdoor practice fields sharpening the game plan for the Broncos before closing the session with light special teams drills.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with the Hogs’ effort and noted the team’s eagerness for Saturday’s season opener.
“We had a pretty good practice today,” Nutt said. “The guys are ready to play somebody and get off the practice fields. It’s been a good long wait and it just keeps getting closer. I know everybody is anticipating Saturday getting here.”
The Razorbacks did not work out in full gear Tuesday, opting to go with shorts, shoulder pads and thigh pads to prevent exhaustion in the hot, humid conditions.
“We’re trying to keep their legs under them,” Nutt said. “We have been running for a long time. Our guys are in good shape and we want them to be fresh for Saturday.”
Looking ahead to Boise State, Nutt noted the Broncos possess playmakers at the quarterback and tailback positions.
“The first thing you notice is they play very, very hard,” Nutt said. “They have a very good quarterback. He makes things happen. They also have a tailback that is dangerous. We’ve got to be ready to play. There is a lot of parity in college football and you can see that from some of the upsets this past weekend. We are really going to need our fans there Saturday.”
Nutt also announced that tight end J. Strain decided to leave the team and pursue his degree.
“He informed me he was not going to pursue football anymore and I can’t blame him it all,” Nutt said. “He has had so many surgeries and battled through so much. He will get his degree and support the team.”
Strain suffered season-ending injuries in 1999, 2000 and 2001 prior to this season.
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