FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas football got in its final workout prior to the season opener on Thursday afternoon with a 60-minute practice in shorts and helmets.
“Another very good day today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “Our guys really showed a lot of intensity again today with good assignments and good alignment. We also spent a lot of time on special teams.”
With the kickoff moved back five yards to the 30-yard line, special teams will have a big impact on college football games this season. Kickoff cover teams will be forced to cover those extra-five yards, while the dangerous duo of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones will give the Hogs an advantage returning kicks.
Nutt confirmed the Razorbacks’ depth chart at quarterback with Casey Dick getting his first opening-night start against the Trojans. Sophomore Nathan Emert is listed as the backup with freshman Nathan Dick as the No. 3 quarterback.
The 2007 opening kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday night at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Arkansas is 87-22-4 in season openers, including an 8-1 record under Coach Nutt. The Hogs own a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series after a 23-0 win in Little Rock in 2002.