Razorbacks Ready for Ragin’ Cajuns
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas football team ended preparations Thursday night for their last non-conference game of the year against Louisiana-Lafayette without pads on the practice fields behind Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
“We kept them outside in the weather,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “It’s a little cold and we want them to be ready to go. We’re trying to get used to the environment. We didn’t do too good of a job offensively in Little Rock when it got cold on us, so I thought it would be good to stay out in it. The guys were bouncing around out there and we had a good mental day today.”
Currently, the Razorbacks are ranked first nationally in turnover margin and hope to keep their top spot through this weekend.
“We’ve trying to keep it real quiet,” Nutt said. “We want to keep it going. We don’t want to jinx ourselves. We’re going to keep taking care of the ball. That’s been a real positive for our team and our defensive keeps getting turnovers. It works hand-in-hand.”
During this week the Hogs did not practice in full pads so that minor injuries to key starters would be able to heal.
“I think we helped ourselves,” Nutt said. “We still have five or six guys that are really achy. Nothing serious, just the ankles and the shoulders with Jeb Huckeba, Clarke Moore and Shawn Andrews. This has been a good week for them, because they’re out here, but they’re not getting banged on.”
Nutt also addressed the fact that true freshman Zac Tubbs will start at right tackle on Saturday for Shawn Andrews.
“He’s (Tubbs) going to start,” Nutt said. “He’s real anxious and excited about it. He’s had great preparation. He’s done a good job of studying. He was ready to go in Columbia and I expect him to be fully ready to go Saturday.”
The Hogs and the Ragin’ Cajuns will take to the field for senior day in Fayetteville, Ark., at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on November 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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