FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas football spent Sunday afternoon at a one-hour practice on the practice fields just south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. In jerseys and shorts, Arkansas fine-tuned key aspects of the kicking game and continued focusing on Wisconsin.
“We had a full weekend,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “Our guys did a good job of hosting 14 recruits and their families and I thought we had one of our better weekends simply because they get to be around our players. They get to see practice and there are no students here so it’s basically eat and sleep football.”
Recruits in town visiting had plenty to watch at Sunday’s jam-packed practice. The afternoon was spent concentrating on special teams and breaking down the Badgers’ offensive and defensive schemes.
“Our guys came out today without pads and we had a good mental day. We concentrated a lot on kicking situations. We want to get our kicking back to where it was those first 10 weeks. That’s really important because it’s a big part of the game. We ended (practice) with the team vs. Wisconsin. We separated the defense and took some looks against Wisconsin’s offense and vice versa.”
Questions were raised about who will be the Hogs’ starting hurler against Wisconsin and Nutt assured that the decision has not been made and probably won’t be made until the team arrives in Orlando for its first practice.
“I am looking for who is the most accurate (in the decision-making process),” Nutt said. “Who is going to take the team and consistently make the right decisions. Who is going to take the team and put us in the end zone. Who is going to throw it to our guys and get it in the right place consistently. (Casey Dick and Mitch Mustain) are both very aware of (the decision to be made); they are both competing very hard. I want both of them to be at their very best and no one taking the job for granted. We will probably wait until the first practice in Orlando (to make the starting quarterback decision).”
Nutt is seeing positive attributes out of both Dick and Mustain and the battle between the two will only progress.
“We have had great attitudes,” Nutt said, “and everybody is going as hard as they can go. Both of them are throwing the ball extremely well and they are two who are competing in a very healthy situation and are doing a good job.”