FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — With just 10 days until the University of Arkansas football team kicks off its 2001 schedule, the Razorbacks returned to the practice field for two-a-days on Monday with the intent to focus in on the mistakes from Saturday evening’s scrimmage. The morning period lasted just one hour due in part to members of the team attending university orientation. The afternoon workout ran just under two and a half hours.
“We started with our first UNLV practice today by running their plays and running their offense, defenses and special teams,” UA head coach Houston Nutt said. “We really tired to kick in for the first time a true simulation by keeping the speed of the game and getting ready for a very good team.”
The season, which opens on August 30 in Little Rock, will see Arkansas put a sting of four straight victories in season openers and four consecutive home opening wins on the line. The game has the added incentive that the Rebel squad returns 15 starters from a team that defeated the Razorbacks 31-14 in the Las Vegas Bowl a season ago.
“Right now it’s been two-a-day and hitting each other and they are definitely ready to hit someone else in a different colored jersey,” Nutt said. “Some of these guys probably need a couple of more scrimmages before we play. The NFL has four or five preseason games and it makes a difference, but we can’t afford to do that. The effort and attitude has been great and they are looking forward to it. They know it’s 10 days away. We’ve hit more than we ever had before and they are tough enough right now. We just have to take everything to the field and get mentally sharper and get ready to go.”
After last Saturday’s scrimmage in which the defense and special teams were the story, Coach Nutt addressed the quarterback issue and spoke about how the newcomers performed.
“They did a good job today,” Nutt said. “(David) Lee coached them real hard and we want them to have a time clock in their head where they have to get rid of the ball and throw it to our guys. They did much better today. We’ve said all the time that our young people are very good and we are real proud of their first scrimmage. We’re having to speed up the process a little for some of these youngsters.”
The Razorbacks will continue with two-a-days through Wednesday before going into a game week schedule.