FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Inclement weather moved Arkansas football practice inside to the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion on Tuesday. The squad practice for slightly less than two hours in full pads.
“We had a good day today,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “I love the way we got back on the field. We had a tremendous attitude and our guys moved really fast. There is always something about coming inside this building. The guys knew their assignments, practiced hard and that’s what it is about. We have to do this again tomorrow.”
After two physical games, Nutt finds some of his squad members battling some bumps and bruises. Confident that he’ll have everyone healthy for North Texas, he was impressed by his team’s ability to fight through the soreness.
“We have a few bruised up,” Nutt said. “Antwain Robinson has a little swelling (in his knee). Darren (McFadden) wanted to (practice) but Dean (Weber) thought it would be a good idea to rest Darren today but he’ll be back out here tomorrow. We have some (sore) ankles and some guys hurting a bit but they fought through it for the most part. It has been two very tough weeks.”
The depth chart has once again been shaken up this week. Among the changes, Elston Forte has been moved to starting Will (weak side) linebacker and Ernest Mitchell returns to starting right tackle.
“We are trying to push buttons and get the best 11 out there,” Nutt said. “We are trying to get the best rotation and we feel like right now that’s the best we can do. Elston (Forte) is an older guy and he has improved since he moved to that position. Ryan Powers will still be heavily involved.”
With the loss of Crosby Tuck to a broken elbow, London Crawford is slated as the starting split end with Chris Baker backing him up.
“I thought Carlton Salters had a good day,” Nutt said. “London Crawford, Chris Baker, they really stepped up today and I like the way they are concentrating. (Robert Johnson) is a little sore still but he also had a good day for us. (Johnson) is fighting through it.”
The Razorbacks will be back on the practice field Wednesday afternoon. Log on to www.hogwired.com for continued coverage of Arkansas football.