FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas football continued preparations for the Florida International game with a 90-minute practice in shorts and shells on the practice fields just south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Wednesday.
“We want our team focused,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “We want them concentrating at the highest level. We want them to focus on all the athletes on the other side of the field. We are doing good things but we want to be better. We need to be consistent. For the most part we had a good practice today.”
Hoping to build on the momentum generated against Ole Miss last week, Nutt is working to improve his team on both sides of the ball and is looking for consistent hard work to get better.
“We are trying to get the best out of (our players),” Nutt said. “We are trying to get better and better as a team and really build off the victory at Oxford.”
Marcus Monk completed a full practice again today. The senior wide receiver did not play against Ole Miss but has steadily recovered from his knee injury.
“(Marcus Monk) is sore but he really pushed through it today,” Nutt said. “He had another good practice. Really for the first time I feel confident he’ll get in the game for some plays. I’m not sure how many but he’ll get in (the game).”
“Our guys have practiced hard the last couple of days,” Nutt said. “We appreciate that. We are trying to draw from the Chattanooga game (to focus on Florida International). That’s a perfect example.”
After a strong first series against the Rebels, Nutt is preparing his team for another good first series against Florida International to get the game started on a fast note.
“If it’s the kick off return team, we need to start off fast,” Nutt said. “We need to give them no hope early and finish the job.”
Another upside to the Ole Miss game was a plethora of hands for Casey Dick to pass to. Andrew Davie pulled in two touchdowns against the Rebels and Nutt looks to Davie to continue to make plays.
“(Andrew Davie) brings a great deal of maturity,” Nutt said. “He’s an older guy. He’s very mature, very conscientious. He cares about his teammates and he has been a real leader for us. He always works hard and he’s a playmaker for us.”
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