Sorahan Rewarded With First Team Spot

Arkansas went back to work on the practice field on Saturday with sophomore Ryan Sorahan at the first-team quarterback position as the Hogs began preparation for their nationally televised showdown with the Tennessee Volunteers next Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

The Razorbacks (1-0) used four quarterbacks in their win over UNLV on Thursday night with Sorahan eventually leading the game winning drive. UA head coach Houston Nutt said sophomore signal caller Zak Clark will continue to get snaps in practice, but for now Sorahan will guide the first unit.
"We put Ryan Sorahan at first-team quarterback," Nutt said. "We still believe in Zak Clark. We aren't just going to throw him away. But right now we feel that Ryan has earned the privilege to start. He did it by putting the team in the end zone. Both of them are going to get plenty of work. Ryan is going to get the majority of it."
Nutt said that while Sorahan is slated to start but the playing time at quarterback beyond that is still to be determined.
"Right now it is just like Thursday night, we are going to take it one down at a time," Nutt said. "We were planning on Zak playing until he got the team in the end zone or until we felt like we needed a lift. That is why substitutions were made. We aren't down on anyone. We love him. Zak Clark has gotten so much better. I know no one hurts more than he does. We are going to take it off him a little bit. Ryan will be the first one in the game. Other than that, I don't know anything else."
The Hogs practiced for about 90 minutes in shorts and shoulder pads in their first workout since downing the Rebels 14-10 on Thursday night. Nutt was pleased with his squad's effort in its first full day of honing in on the Volunteers.
"We had a good work day today," UA head coach Houston Nutt said. "The guys came back after a few bumps and bruises and gave us a good effort. We started on Tennessee today. We came out (of the UNLV game) pretty well injury wise. Corey Harris and Eddie Jackson had some very sore shoulders. Carlos Hall has a sore ankle. But other than that it is real good.
Arkansas will take a day off on Sunday before returning to the practice field on Monday afternoon. The Razorbacks host the Tennessee Volunteers in the grand opening of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday at 8 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.

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