Razorbacks Scrimmage After Fan Day
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Following the annual Arkansas Fan Day, the Razorbacks held a practice and short scrimmage in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium before a crowd of approximately 5,200. The first team saw a limited number of snaps with no contact, while the second and third teamers finished out the evening with full contact.
“We got exactly what we wanted to get done and nobody got hurt,” Nutt said. “That was the number one goal and we did that. We looked at some younger guys. To me it’s a lot like a NFL preseason. The ones aren’t going to get very much. Right now we’re 14 days and counting until our very first game and you want all your weapons out on the field. We’ve still got a lot of things we have to correct, but for the most part we’ve had a very good camp. Now it’s time for school and getting ready for Tulsa.
Even though the first team has not had a significant amount of physical contact on the field, Nutt remains confident in their ability to come out ready in full force for the season opener against Tulsa.
“These guys have played a lot of ball games,” Nutt said. “They’re seniors and juniors. You can get average in a hurry. We hate that Jimarr Gallon is down with his experience. If Caleb Miller were to go down, then you don’t have a Bua or a Beasley. That hurt us against Minnesota not having Beasley. What are they trying to prove? Would you rather miss a tackle or a season? That’s the bottom line to me. You want them on the field. We’ve had a good camp with a lot of effort and I’m proud of them.”
Nutt also addressed quarterback Ryan Sorahan’s performance and stressed the interception that occurred would be corrected.
“I take all interceptions real serious, but Ryan’s had a very good camp,” Nutt said. “That was on me. When you’re not going full speed tackling and it’s not really a tackle football game, you’ve got a tendency in the back of your mind to shut some things down. That’s exactly what happened as far as reading the coverage. Our receivers missed a little bit of a read there. Ryan thinks he’s going to keep running, so that’s the only thing you don’t like about going full speed. We’ll get that corrected.”
Arkansas’ secondary really stood out in the mind of Nutt. Although tackles were not being counted, the defensive line showed promise in the scrimmage.
“Marvin Jackson and Tony Bua really stood out,” Nutt said. “That secondary can play. We’ve got to get them to rush. I thought some guys on the defensive line showed up, but it’s hard to tell when you’re not counting tackles. I’m pleased with the effort and attitude of knowing what to do. I think there are some guys out there that can play.”
The Hogs will open the 2003 campaign against Tulsa on Sept. 6 in Fayetteville, Ark. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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