Razorbacks Return to Practice Fields
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks returned to the practice fields after a four-day off period with an hour and a half workout in the Walker Indoor Pavilion Thursday afternoon.
“We had a very good workout today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “I don’t know if everybody was focused because they have all been studying so much, but we had a really good tempo during practice. Everybody was giving great effort and we were very excited about the things we got accomplished.”
Nutt said the Razorbacks used today’s practice session to begin working on the game plan for their New Year’s Day match-up against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl.
“We began working a little bit on Oklahoma today,” Nutt said. “We have not got a total game plan yet, but we have enough film broken down so we can begin our initial preparations.”
Although Oklahoma offensive coordinator Mark Mangino has accepted a head coaching position, Nutt said the Razorbacks are not expecting a vastly different Sooner offensive attack in the Cotton Bowl.
“They will probably do the same things they have been all season,” Nutt said. “I’m sure they will put in a couple of different wrinkles, but I think it would be hard for them to change everything at this point.”
Nutt also commented on the role of quarterback Matt Jones against one of the top defenses in the country.
“When you have a quarterback like Matt who can run the option and throw the ball, you can’t zero in on just one thing,” Nutt said. “Oklahoma can’t focus on just stopping the option because he is capable of throwing on them. Oklahoma has the best defense’s we have seen since the 1978 Orange Bowl. It will be a tough challenge for us.”
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