Fayetteville, Ark. — The Arkansas Razorbacks spent just over an hour polishing their game plan for this Saturday’s nationally televised game against the sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with the Hogs’ work during the practice session that included special teams drills.
“We had a good day of work today,” Nutt said. “The guys had good concentration and moved around really well. We worked on special teams a lot today. Georgia has great team speed and can hurt with you it.”
Regarding injured quarterback Matt Jones, Nutt was still unsure of Jones’ status for the game.
“Matt moved around better today,” Nutt said. “We’ll know more in the next day or two, but I’m not sure if he’s going to start or not. There has been a little bit of improvement. We’re hoping he will be full speed Saturday night.”
Nutt was equally unsure of freshman running back Peyton Hillis who injured his back in the Hogs’ game against the Florida Gators.
“Peyton has been cleared by the doctors,” Nutt said. “But, I want to talk to his parents and to the doctors again. It’s only been a couple of weeks and I know how much pain he was in and that makes it difficult. He wants to play, but we’re going to be careful with him.”
Nutt said the Razorbacks’ offensive line has stepped up with the addition of Robert Felton who has filled in for Tony Ugoh who is recovering from a kidney stone.
“I’ve been very proud of them,” Nutt said. “Robert has done a good job picking up the blitzes we are going to see. The thing that is hard is to simulate the speed we are going to see, they are just going to be thrown into the fire. Georgia may be the best defense we see all year.”
The Bulldogs enter the game ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in total defense and fourth nationally allowing only 259.3 yards per game.
Georgia is ranked second against the pass, giving up 151.3 yards per game, third against the run, allowing 108.5 yards per game, and fourth in scoring defense, giving up 14.2 points per game.
Arkansas and Georgia kickoff at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN2.