FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback football team put in a 75-minute workout Tuesday as the players continue to prepare and emphasize the game plan for their game with LSU. Head coach Houston Nutt was glad to see several players back in action during the practice.
“Our wounded (players) are starting to get back out here,” Nutt said. “It was good to see Jerell Norton, Malcolm Sheppard and Michael Grant. Maybe they’re not full speed, but it’s good to have them out here going through the game plan.”
Nutt said it was also good to see junior tailback Felix Jones running around during the team’s workout. Receiver Marcus Monk did not practice Tuesday as he continues to rest his knee.
“We try to alternate between Robert (Johnson) and Marcus, so we rested Marcus (today),” Nutt said.
The Hogs’ head coach talked about the importance of having a full and healthy roster Friday against LSU and having a motivated team take the field at Tiger Stadium.
“We need every weapon we have,” Nutt said. “When you’re playing the No. 1 team in the country, you need every able body that we have and we need it in all phases of the game.
“Anytime you have the opportunity to play the No. 1 team, the best team in the country, in front of a national audience, that always has to motivate you and excite you a little bit.”
Against an LSU offense that is averaging 39.5 points per game and a defense that is giving up just over 17 points per contest, Nutt knows the weapons the Razorbacks will have to contend with, but it’s a challenge Arkansas is preparing for.
“You know you’re playing a good team (in LSU),” Nutt said. “You have to buckle up both chin straps and everybody has to be at their highest level.”
The Hogs will return to the fields Wednesday afternoon to wrap their game-week practices. Friday’s game against No. 1 LSU will be televised on CBS with coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. CT. Log on to www.hogwired.com for more news about Razorback football.