Saturday Grid Update, 8/20

Arkansas - ranked 15th in the AP's preseason poll released Saturday - gets in its last open practice on Saturday morning and then host Fan Day at Bud Walton Arena during the afternoon with two weeks left before opening the 2011 season with Missouri State.

Newly dubbed the 15th-best team in the country by the Associated Press, Arkansas took to the field Saturday morning for its last open workout of the season.

The Razorbacks were one of a whopping eight SEC teams in the top 25 – with Alabama (2), LSU (4), South Carolina (12), Georgia (19), Mississippi State (20) Florida (22) and Auburn (23) joining Arkansas in the preseason poll.

The Arkansas squad finished 12th last season in the AP poll and were 14th in the USA Today/ESPN preseason poll released earlier.

The practice Saturday morning was open to the public, but there was no media availability afterwards as the team headed to sign autographs for its Fan Day at Bud Walton Arena.

There were a few significant developments at the practice with tailback Dennis Johnson limited as he continues to battle a hamstring injury; second-team cornerback DeAnthony Curtis seeing action at tailback; true freshman Lonnie Gosha working at defensive tackle instead of defensive end and tight end Colton Miles-Nash missing the workout.

Miles-Nash was at the Fan Day.

The Razorbacks went as a full team for two hours before the veterans went through conditioning and the newcomers went an additional 30 minutes.

While Johnson did not return kicks, Marquel Wade, Ronnie Wingo, Kelvin Fisher, Maudrecus Humphrey and Keante Minor all took their time back deep.

Quarterback Tyler Wilson had touchdown passes to Cobi Hamilton and Jarius Wright during team work, but had a tipped pass picked off by safety Eric Bennett.

Fellow quarterback Brandon Mitchell had a touchdown pass to Greg Childs, but was also picked by Ryan Farr.

Junior college transfer Jason Peacock returned to working with the first team offensive line after being supplanted by true freshman Mitch Smothers during the week.

The Razorbacks will not return to practice until Tuesday with the start of school occurring on Monday.

Arkansas opens it season two weeks from today when the Razorbacks host Missouri State in a 6 p.m. game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The game will be available on pay-per-view.


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