FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas turned in another strong practice Wednesday afternoon as preseason camp continued in full pads on the grass practice fields south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium.
The Hogs are ready to see a different team on the other side of the line of scrimmage as the long and hot preseason camp winds down.
“It gets to the point sometimes that they want to play someone else,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “They want to hit someone else and that is where we are in camp. I’m sure everyone is feeling like that across the country. You get tired of beating on one another, and you are ready to play someone else.”
The Razorbacks are awaiting the return of a few injured players in linebacker Weston Dacus and running back Michael Smith with the season opener against Southern California just 10 days away. Dacus’ ankle swelled up and Smith continues to struggle with sore hamstrings. The status of freshman wide receiver London Crawford and freshman linebacker Chip Gregory is also unknown after both missed practice on Wednesday.
Nutt also bragged on the leadership and consistency of his veteran wide receivers Marcus Monk and Cedric Washington.
“The main guys that have been the most consistent is Marcus Monk and Cedric Washington,” Nutt said. “They are the two older guys that have been there, and they have been the most consistent.”
Several Razorback wide receivers donned blue jerseys on Tuesday representing Southern California’s talented group of wide receivers and freshman wide out Andrew Norman drew the praise of Nutt.
“If you see the color blue, those are the receivers of USC,” Nutt said. “Andrew Norman has done an excellent job for us down there the last couple of days.”
Arkansas returns to the practice field at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.