Razorbacks Scrimmage During First Day in Full
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Wednesday marked the first day of spring practice that the Razorbacks wore full pads. They started the afternoon with very physical one-on-one contact drills and ended with a 25-play scrimmage behind Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
“It was physical all day today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “It started as soon as we started during the first period. It takes a man to play this game and that’s what you appreciate. When they put on the helmet you’re looking for contenders, not the pretenders.”
Overall, Nutt was pleased with the improvement his team is making and can see a better focus on the field. The defensive unit is still adjusting to its new style of play, but is making progress.
“We put the ball down and hit, but we had some guys miss assignments,” Nutt said. “We see improvement and that’s what you come out here for every day. I love the hunger that we have and the willingness to learn and to try to get better. I don’t think we turned the ball over or threw an interception like we had the past two days. The defense is still learning, but they’re chasing the ball better and they’re taking baby steps.”
Nutt was happy with the way the offense performed and pointed out the consistent play of quarterback Robert Johnson and tailback Peyton Hillis.
“There was a lot of improvement and I think they’re doing a much better job of ball handling and there was only one fumbled snap and no interceptions,” Nutt said. “I thought Robert Johnson has had two-straight good days. Peyton Hillis had an excellent day and has great balance. He ran hard.”
Two Hogs were unable to finish practice after suffering injuries. Defensive tackle Keith Jackson sprained his right knee and offensive guard Jonathan Luigs lacerated his right calf on the driving sled.
Arkansas will practice again on Friday in full pads at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday it will conduct a scrimmage at approximately 11:15 a.m. in Razorback Stadium. Practices will continue to remain open for only the first 15 minutes before they are closed, but Saturday’s scrimmage is open to the public.
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