FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks practiced for more than two hours Thursday in the Willard and Pat Walker Indoor Practice Pavilion. With 13 days to go before the Independence Bowl, it hasn’t been decided who is going to start at quarterback, only that both Ryan Sorahan and Matt Jones will see adequate playing time.
Head coach Houston Nutt noted a lingering effect from finals during the workout and hoped for a more productive practice Friday now that finals are finished.
“We have a lot of guys with finals on their minds and therefore we were a little bit sluggish at first,” Nutt said. “We were just a little bit draggy today. I hope that now that school is over we can get back to business. We didn’t have the practice that we wanted. We’ve got to get better.”
“I don’t really know exactly who is going to start,” Nutt said. “I just know for sure that both of them are going to play. I just don’t know for sure yet.”
Nutt also discussed the advantages of having a two-quarterback system against the Missouri Tigers’ defense. Sorahan and Jones both present qualities that Nutt considers an asset.
“When we got on that roll, Ryan did a good job of moving the ball and getting us a couple of first downs,” Nutt said. “He does a good job of executing play-action passes. Then Matt comes in as a little bit of a curveball because he can throw and yet they’ve got to defend the option and worry about that part of the game as well. It’s a good one-two punch.”
Nutt has been pleased with the performance he’s seen in both quarterbacks during practice.
“Ryan does a great job in practice with throwing and the timing of it,” Nutt said. “While for Matt, it’s tough because every other day he has to rest his arm, so we don’t get the timing of the passing game. But they both look good.”
Nutt also addressed the injuries of Marvin Jackson, Jimmy Beasley, and Cedric Cobbs but believes they will all be ready to play in the bowl game.
“Marvin’s quad is still bothering him and Jimmy rolled his ankle a little bit, but they’ll be okay,” Nutt said. “Cedric still has a bruised rib, but he made three-quarters’ of practice yesterday.”
The Razorbacks will practice again tomorrow through Monday before they spend Christmas with their families and then convene in Shreveport on Dec. 27.