Razorbacks Prepare for Season with Practice Un
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks took Friday night as an opportunity to prepare for game situations as they practiced under the lights of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The last time the Hogs enjoyed being on the playing field was during the Football Fan Appreciation Day scrimmage on August 24.
“Tonight we had a chance to get in the stadium and under the lights,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “It was really good for our kickers, punters, catchers and receivers. Everybody handled the ball well.
“Pat (Berger) has done a remarkable job on our field. Our guys hadn’t been in here in a while, so they’re really anxious to get in this beautiful stadium. The grounds crew made everything perfect.”
Coach Nutt expressed his excitement over the news of increased ticket sales for the 2002 season, but still desired to have a sellout for his Razorbacks.
“I really want to thank our fans,” Coach Nutt said. “Coach Broyles told me today that we’re one million dollars ahead of where they were this time last year in ticket sales. But I’m kind of greedy. I still want a sellout. I’d like for every seat to be taken. Everybody go tell your friends and neighbors to go buy a ticket and come watch these guys play. They have worked very hard and deserve your support. We want to have a big time, loud stadium for this group.”
With the depth chart for the September 7, Boise State game being released today Nutt felt confident in the placement of players at new positions and explained his reasons for moving some guys around.
“We’re trying to get our best on the field, Coach Nutt said. “We want the best speed, the best athletes, the best fundamental, technician type guys. I feel like Raymond House could go in and really give us some solid technician work as far as going against some guys. He’s probably a bit quicker than some bigger guards and tackles. Raymond will be mostly at guard, over the nose guard. Here’s what’s great-he can always go back to end and he knows that. He’s tough and he’s been pretty solid over the past four years.”
Tomorrow the squad will go through a brief walk-through practice that will be closed to the public and the media. Arkansas will open the season with Boise State on September 7, at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Kickoff time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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