FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nightfall came early for the Razorbacks, as the skies were dark by the end of practice. As a result of the recent days’ rain, coach Houston Nutt and his staff held practice under the lights of Walker Pavilion. The Razorbacks were hard at work preparing for this week’s game against Troy State.
“We had a good concentration day today and a good effort,” Nutt said. “We went inside today because the last few days it has been raining and we wanted to save our grass. We just wanted to try and get better, taking one day at a time – everybody knowing what to do, when to do it and doing it full speed.”
Nutt and his staff are preparing their team for this week’s game just as they would any other week – against what would be presumed to be a tougher opponent.
“If you look at it real close [Troy State’s] defense is ranked ninth in the nation,” Nutt commented. “All you have to do is watch the film. They played Nebraska for three quarters and beat Mississippi State last year. That’s no joke. That’s the truth. We’ve got to be ready to play. You have to be ready to play every single Saturday or you can get beat by anybody.”
The Razorbacks seemed to be in better spirits on Tuesday following their win.
“We want them to have fun, but when it comes down to it we want them to work hard with great effort,” Nutt said. “There was a lot of effort and energy out here today. To me, that’s how you get better. We want them thinking and concentrating, and we also want them to enjoy the game. There is a time to play and a time to work. Today was a time to work and these guys came to work today.”
Nutt and his staff will continue to prepare the Razorbacks for Troy State throughout the rest of the week. Kickoff is set for 1 pm on Saturday at Little Rock’s War Mermorial Stadium.