Arkansas worked hard on "taking care of the football" on a Labor Day practice that went well over the two-hour mark in the afternoon sun. The Hogs opened the day with extensive film work looking at the corrections that became obvious in the 14-10 victory over Nevada-Las Vegas.
The Hogs had an extensive middle drill, and plenty of 11-on-11 work both at the start and end of the workout. Arkansas entertains Tennessee on Saturday night at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
"We labored on Labor Day," Houston Nutt said. "It was a good workout. Ryan Sorahan looked good. He got a lot of snaps with both the first and second units. Zak's had plenty of work, so we took it off of him a little today. Ryan looked real good today."
In the pass skeleton part of drills, Tarvaris Jackson excelled. His passing was the sharpest of the quarterbacks. However, Sorahan got almost all of the work once the teams came together for full 11-on-11 work.
Tight end J. Strain went down Monday afternoon with an aggravated medial collateral ligament of his left knee, the same injury that decked him for most of preseason.
Richie Butler sat out with a minor leg strain, but should return on Tuesday.
Arkansas looked at Mark Pierce, Mark Luther and Clarke Moore at fullback. Brandon Holmes worked exclusively at tailback, rotating with Cedric Cobbs and Fred Talley.
"We'd like to get Clarke Moore ready to play," Nutt said. "I don't know if we can this week or not. He's more of a load than the other two. He's at 247, a lot like Adam Daily. You need a load in there at fullback to put a hit on a defensive end or a linebacker. We don't have that with the others."
Marvin Jackson outfought Sam Breeden for a bomb in the team portion of drills when the top units squared off against each other.
Both Eddie Jackson and Corey Harris practiced despite shoulder injuries, but Harris left early to apply ice to his sore shoulder.
SID Kevin Trainor visits with Ryan Sorahan after practice Monday.
Mark Bokermann (71) and Nathan Ball work on double team blocks Monday.
Frank Broyles watched from the third level, then moved up a little higher in the SEZ.
Broyles found a cool spot in the top level of the new SEZ.
Naim El-Far (in street clothes) stayed with the defensive line throughout Monday's workout, but didn't practice.
Robby Hampton (11) and Zak Clark visit after practice.
Here's a shot of the East stands from the SEZ.
The offensive backs work on a ball handling drill under Danny Nutt's watch.
The Hogs stretch before practice Monday.
Mark Pierce is sporting a new shaved harido.
Caleb Miller was one of the Hogs' top tacklers in the opener.
The Hogs are trying to get Shawn Andrews into the rotation.
Ryan Sorahan visits with a member of the media after the workout.
Lawrence Richardson handles an interview after practice.
Photos by Clay Henry