Arkansas worked in shorts and shoulder pads Friday in an abbreviated practice to set up Saturday's Red-White scrimmage. The Hogs practiced with their position coaches for the first 45 minutes, then broke into their separate teams to make sure they have the way they'll line up set for Saturday.
The workout happened in front of a double hand full of recruits, including a good-sized group from Pulaski Academy, and a star quarterback from Georgia, Alex Mortensen. PA linebacker Matt Stoltz received a scholarship offer from Houston Nutt on the practice field as he watched with his teammates and high school coaches.
There was some bad news on the practice field. Defensive tackle Elliott Harris may have suffered a torn knee cartilage during Thursday's workout. He did not practice Friday, and walked with a stiff limp. Also, Chase Pressley, another defensive line prospect, left the workout early with a trainer after sustaining an injury in one-on-one contact drills. Pressley did not appear to have a leg injury.
"We'll have to evaluate Elliott Harris further," Houston Nutt said. "We don't know for sure, but it looks like it could be a torn cartilage."
The Red-White game will have a noon kickoff Saturday in Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Admission is free and fans are asked to sit in the East and South stands. The West stands are closed because of construction.
Coaches drafted equal teams for the four six-minute quarters. The rules call for no punt returns and no full contact for quarterbacks Matt Jones and Ryan Sorahan. Both Jones and Sorahan will wear orange jerseys, and they will be ruled down by a one-hand touch.
The Hogs welcomed their lettermen to campus for a reunion. Many participated in a golf tournament early in the day at Paradise Valley Golf Club. Many more arrived later in the day. Anthony Lucas was holding court near the practice field with a large group of former players. Among those playing in the golf tournament were former stars Joe Ferguson, Fred Marshall, Billy Moore, Preston Carpenter and Mickey Cissell.
Fred Marshall tees off in the lettermen's golf tournament.
Former baseballers Ralph Bradbury (from left), Kevin McReynolds, Scott Tabor and Bill Bakewell might have had the favorite's tag for the lettermen's golf tournament. They shot 20-under in a golf tournament at the baseball lettermen's reunion in the fall, and returned to take on the football lettermen.
U.S. Congressman John Boozman (left) visits with Norm DeBriyn and Bill Gray before teeing off at Paradise Valley.
Nate Allen (sitting) signed autographs of his book, Tales from Hog Heaven, at the golf tournament. Allen is visiting with Bob Holt (hidden) and Bill Gray during a lunch break.
Mickey Cissell (center) beat Texas with a field goal. He visits here with Harold Horton and Houston Nutt (right) on the first tee at the lettermen's golf tournament.
Photos by Clay Henry