Senior Leadership Takes Over as Arkansas Gets
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The ninth-ranked Arkansas football team practiced for two hours in warm and windy weather Wednesday afternoon in preparation for its league opener. The Hogs wore full pads as they concentrated on containing Alabama standout tailback Shaud Williams and their powerful defensive line.
“We had a good practice today and the guys bounced around out there,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “You watch that film and you see Shaud Williams out there running and we’ve got to do a good job of tackling him. He’s a great back. He’s known for breaking tackles and we witnessed that first hand last year. We’ve got our work cut out for us.
“We had good effort and concentration today,” Nutt said. “We worked hard on little things, especially the goal line. We worked on their different fronts. They have an excellent defensive front with a lot of athleticism and guys that run around. Antwan Odom seems like he’s been there a very, very long time. That guy can play.”
Nutt also addressed moving senior Brandon Holmes from the defensive end position to the inside linebacker spot to fill in for the injured sophomore Clark Moore. Nutt was pleased with Holmes’ leadership and his willingness to take on the important role.
“Our seniors have given us great leadership this year,” Nutt said. “They’ve taken ownership of our football team. Brandon Holmes has done so much. He probably hates to see my face coming, because he knows I’m going to ask him to move to another position. I hate that it has turned out that way, but he’s had a great attitude and he’s going to be a better man because of it. He’s going to help us and step in there at linebacker. He has a lot of recall and memory that he’s had before, so he’s doing a good job catching on.”
The Razorbacks will face the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on September 27. Kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT, with CBS televising the game nation-wide.
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