Razorbacks Prepare for Saturday Scrimmage
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The second week of practice is drawing to a close and the effects are starting to show on the Razorbacks. The Hogs practiced for two hours inside the Walker Pavilion with their shoulder pads and shorts. They continued to prepare for the scrimmage on Saturday, as the secondary kept impressing Coach Nutt.
“They were a little tired this morning,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “We had to crank them up, but once we got going we had a good practice. I thought our secondary really did a good job. Batman, Lawrence Richardson and Marvin Jackson, Eddie Jackson has had a really good camp so far. Tony Bua, Vickiel Vaughn and Lerinezo Robinson, those guys you really start to see get better. We’re going to keep testing them deep the next two days, all the way through Saturday. Making sure everything is in front of us.”
With the scrimmage only two days away Nutt expressed his expectations and wants to see several players step up and gain confidence before the regular season starts.
“I want to see the Tony Ugohs, Titus Peebles, Chase Pressleys, Jayson Johnson and James Johnson come out,” Nutt said. “I want to see those guys really make a push and some positive strides. That’s the main thing. Some of these younger corners and wide receivers like Chris Baker. You want to see them have success and see confidence with them improving.
Nutt commented on the progress of newcomer Titus Peebles. Peebles had to report to preseason practices late, but has shown great potential.
“I don’t know if he (Peebles) can jump right in, but he does stand out,” Nutt said. “He has to learn the new terminology. He’s playing catch up all the way, because he started late. He does stand out on pure quickness and I’m excited to see him scrimmage on Saturday.”
Nutt also noted quarterbacks Cedric Washington and Robert Johnson.
“Robert has gotten more reps,” Nutt said. “He’s a good, good athlete that has a good arm, but his shoulder is sore. I’ve never seen anything like it as far as so many quarterbacks having sore shoulders, so hopefully he can get that well and throw the ball with that arm strength we saw the first few days.
“We really need him (Washington) on the field,” Nutt said. “He tried to come back a little bit today. Being a quarterback the only thing he’s a little behind on is the fundamental of getting off the line of scrimmage against real good corners. As far as knowing when to run a post, a square, a dig or a come back, those things he knows what to do. It’s just the putting the polish on.”
Sophomore Tony Ugoh is suffering from a sprained achilies tendon he sustained in practice yesterday, but Nutt is hopeful in his return.
Arkansas will host Fan Day this Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fans will be able to get autographs and pictures with Razorbacks players and coaches. The Hogs will scrimmage inside Razorback Stadium beginning at 6 p.m., with the second and third team players receiving the majority of snaps in the scrimmage. Admission to the scrimmage is free and fans may enter the stadium on the east side through gates 12, 13, 15 and 16.
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