Team Works on Clock Management

The University of Arkansas football team continued two-a-day workouts on Wednesday with a pair of workouts held on the outdoor practice field. The first of the day lasted nearly two hours, while the afternoon session went two and a half.

"We've hit the grind of two-a-days and concentration wasn't where you want it to be," UA head coach Houston Nutt said. "There was some good things early and then we just filtered off there at the end. You can't do that because the game lasts for 60 minutes. You're going to have about 72 plays with four to six second wars, and you don't know which four or five plays will make a difference. That's why you've got to go hard every single play and that's what we're trying to get out of them. We've had nice weather, and there is a lot of guys that are in great shape, and this is where it really gets you in the grind of it now."
After working yesterday on the hurry up and goal line offenses, Arkansas took time in both the morning and afternoon to work on clock management.
"We had a good morning and covered some different situations," Nutt said. "We had the 25 second clock and we've got to get in and out of the huddle better offensively. We've got to get the quarterbacks conscience of the play clock. We can't afford to hurt ourselves as far as having delay of games, we've always been good at that and we have to keep that up. Defensively we've been stressing them pretty good and pushing them and they just have to push through it right now."
The quarterback situation is still a key issue and Coach Nutt spoke about the progression of his two freshmen quarterbacks.
"Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Jones can play," Nutt said. "Tarvaris threw a couple of balls today that were on a line that very few juniors or seniors can throw. Then Matt takes off on the option and no one can catch him and that's what's exciting. Where you feel better when Robby (Hampton) went down and you don't have numbers at least you could have a game plan with Matt Jones or Tarvaris Jackson and feel good about it. If they had a week to get ready and you could give them all the repetitions."
After being moved from the linebacker position to tight end on Monday, freshman Clarke Moore was switched back to the defensive side of the ball on Wednesday.
"He just felt more comfortable at linebacker," Nutt said. "We were just trying to get another body over there. John (Thompson, defensive coordinator and linebacker coach) really wanted him back too. It's not really fair to him to put him through a crash course at tight end. Now at least he can get some scrimmage time and know what to do on Saturdays."
Two-a-days continue through Friday as Fan Appreciation Day and a scrimmage will be held on Saturday.

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