FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas football team worked through a 90-minute practice Monday inside Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion. The workout kicked off the Hogs’ final week of preparation before reporting to Dallas next week for the Cotton Bowl Classic.
“I thought today was a solid practice, not perfect but it was real solid,” interim head coach Reggie Herring said. “I think they came ready to practice and that’s all we could ask at this time with not much going on around here. It’s a challenge to make sure these guys are focused and ready to go.”
Herring said Reggie Fish, Carlton Salters and the entire receivers unit has been extremely impressive over the past couple weeks. Marcus Monk is moving around well and showing signs that will prove helpful to the Razorback offense against Missouri.
“The one thing that is really important about (Marcus) Monk,” Herring said, “is he’s always been protective of that knee all year and there have been several situations where he’s collided or fell down and bounced right back up with confidence. For us, that bodes well for possibly getting a lot more snaps out of Monk in this game, maybe a complete game for the first time this year.”
The Arkansas defense kept its intensity up during the practice which Herring said will be necessary to contend with a Missouri offense that features multiples weapons.
“Our focus on defense is going to have to be at an all-time high,” Herring said. “Missouri’s offense presents a lot of alignments and challenges. They’re all over the place and it takes a tremendous amount of focus for our defense.”
After missing some practice time for various reasons last week, fullback Peyton Hillis and safety Matt Hewitt rejoined the rest of the Razorbacks on the fields.
“All these guys have their nicks and things,” Herring said. “But when we get to the bowl game we hope to get it in full stride by the time we get to Dallas and be ready to go at full strength on both sides of the ball.”
The Razorbacks will have a day off and return to the practice fields Wednesday. Log on to www.hogwired.com for continued coverage of Arkansas football.