Younger Players Earn Chance to Shine in Bowl P
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – During Friday’s practice the Razorbacks (8-4, 4-4) took advantage of the Walker Pavilion again and stayed indoors for about 90 minutes. The last 30 minutes of practice were set aside for the freshmen to scrimmage. Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with the Hogs’ effort in their preparations for the Mainstay Independence Bowl on Dec. 31, against Big 12 opponent Missouri (8-4, 4-4).
“We had a much better day today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “The guys bounced around and there was a lot of passion and enthusiasm. When we play with that intensity, enthusiasm, passion you’ve got a chance to be a good football team. It was a good day today.”
Nutt noted the outstanding performances of freshman Farod Jackson at fullback and sophomore transfer Skye Peterson at center during the scrimmage. Freshman quarterback Robert Johnson did not participate in Friday’s practice, because he was recovering from some heavy hits taken during Thursday’s practice.
“Farod Jackson and Skye Peterson did great,” Nutt said. “It’s really an advantage to have a guy come in at semester like that, especially snapping the ball at center he did a great job. Farod Jackson has lost about 15 pounds since he got here and really rehabbed his knee. He looked really good and I’m really excited about him being at fullback. Robert Johnson is out today with a few headaches from the hitting he took yesterday running scout team. So he was out, but for the most part everyone was back.”
Missouri and Arkansas will face each other on Dec. 31 in the Mainstay Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. ESPN will televise the game at 6:30 p.m.
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