Monday Grid Report, 3/24

There was some rustiness as Arkansas returned to the practice field after taking off more than a week for spring break. Houston Nutt said that was to be expected.

Arkansas scrimmaged briefly at the end of a two-hour practice Monday, the first day back after 10 days off for spring break.

"We were rusty today," Houston Nutt said. "We'll get better as we move through the week. You could tell we'd been off for a week."

The focus of the offense continues to be on the tight end as Jason Peters had another nice day hauling in passes. Quarterback coach Roy Wittke said it's clear that Peters has the right tools for the job.

"He's a big guy and he can run," Wittke said. "We are putting him in situations where he can catch the ball and turn up field and that is a tough situation for a defensive back because Jason can run over you in the open field."

Offensive tackle Shawn Andrews sprained his left ankle early in a middle drill full contact drill midway through the workout. He went to the sideline for the rest of the day after laying prone for quite some time while trainers checked his leg. Nutt said it was unclear if the injury was serious. The 371-pound Andrews has had chronic problems with both of his ankles. Earlier in the day UA sports information director Kevin Trainor passed out his spring media guides with the back cover promoting Andrews for the Outland Trophy. Andrews was a consensus All-America honoree last year when he won the SEC's award for the top offensive blocker.

Nutt said the Hogs are looking at more postion changes, including a move from linebacker to defensive end for Shane Collins.

"It looks like Brandon Holmes has found a home at middle linebacker," Nutt said. "We are going to look at Shane at defensive end. I do like what I've seen of Scott Davenport at nose guard. He looked good before spring break and he had another good day today."

Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said with solid players stockpiled at linebacker and a shortage at end, it was clear that it was time to get a look at Collins in the line. Collins missed last season with knee surgery.

Wittke said the quarterbacks started slowly, but improved as the day moved along.

"I like what they've done so far," Wittke said. "We've worked on our footwork and with our ball handling and they are doing what we've asked them to do in practice. I think all of the quarterbacks have improved."

Ryan Sorahan completed one deep pass to Matt Jones, a ball that Jones pulled in with a one-handed stab beyond the coverage. Jones also had a productive day throwing when he was at quarterback.

The Hogs will be off on Tuesday for lab day. They will resume practice Wednesday when Houston Nutt has promised a scrimmage lasting around 30 plays. The Hogs will also scrimmage briefly Thursday and Friday with a major scrimmage on Saturday morning. The Saturday workout will begin around 9:30 a.m. with stretching, with the scrimmage starting around 10 a.m.


No Fumbles

A display near the UA locker room reminds of last year's penchant for protecting the football. The Razorback running backs did not lose a fumble during the regular season.


The Hogs worked on punt protection during Monday's workout.


Tracy Rocker

Defensive line coach works with Arrion Dixon on his technique during Monday's individual sessions.

Shawn Andrews

The first unit, with Shawn Andrews (73) at right tackle, started the day by working on some new plays.

Shawn Andrews

Andrews goes over the blocking dummies during a drill early in the day.

Shawn Andrews

Line coach Mike Markuson instructs Andrews in his blocking technique.

Shawn Andrews

Andrews blocks against Justin Scott on the play before the big offensive tackle sprained his left ankle.

Ryan Sorahan

Ryan Sorahan (10) takes a snap early in the practice.

Ryan Sorahan

Roy Wittke (left) makes a point with quarterback Cedric Washington (19) during the individual work early in Tuesday's practice.

Photos by Clay Henry





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