FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas football team practiced in light intermittent rain and gusty winds Thursday afternoon in shorts and helmets on the practice fields south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The Razorbacks put the finishing touches on the Alabama game week with an hour workout that consisted of special teams work and mental preparations.
“Thursday is a total mental day,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “The work has been put in and now you are 48 hours away. It is all mental, mental preparations.”
A key for the Hogs on Saturday will be their ability to stop Alabama’s power running game behind All-SEC running back Kenneth Darby. He pounded out 98 yards in the Crimson Tide’s 24-13 win a year ago in Tuscaloosa.
“It is going to come down to stopping the run,” Nutt said. “We are going to have to do a great job of stopping their running back (Kenneth) Darby. We have to do a great job offensively staying on the field. That is making first downs and executing with all 11 doing their job.”
The weather could be a factor in Saturday’s game with a chance of rain and high winds a possibility for the 2:30 kickoff with Alabama.
“It could be raining and it could be a little bit windy,” Nutt said. “It could be different elements than we have had the first three games.”