FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Due to inclement weather in the Fayetteville area, Arkansas’ Tuesday football practice was moved inside to the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion. The Razorbacks participated in drills and maneuvers for almost 90 minutes in full pads.
“We are making the next step,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “We just have to keep improving. The attitude, the guys were moving around (that was good). There were some periods where we threw and caught the ball well. There were some periods where our defense hit the right gaps, got the offense on some blitzes. It was a good, constructive day. We had young guys making some plays. ”
Good news on the injury front Tuesday as Nutt confirmed Marcus Harrison’s successful surgery earlier in the day.
“Marcus Harrison had successful surgery today on his ACL,” Nutt said. “Dean Weber (UA’s director of athletic training) was with him. We are glad that’s over with and now he can start the rehab.”
Harrison is one of a few members of the defense who have missed practice time this spring because of injury. Linebacker Matt Stoltz went down in practice today and was helped off the field.
“We got thin in a hurry,” Nutt said. “I mentioned that the other day but we got thin in a hurry, especially at the defensive line position. We appreciate the attitude of our team. Guys are really trying to hustle. We are checking on Matt (Stoltz). We are hoping he didn’t tear his ACL. It looks like he stepped wrong or pushed off wrong. There might have been a little pop in there. We’ll find out a little bit later. I hope he’s okay.”
Linebacker Freddie Fairchild, who missed much of the 2006 season with an injury, started practice dressed and ready to go but soon changed into sweats and watched from the sidelines.
“That’s just precautionary,” Nutt said. “He’s been doing really well. He really wants to do more but we are just being cautious. He has gotten this far and we have gotten enough out of him this spring. We are just trying to get him through the summer and get him ready.”