Hogs Prep for Tennessee

Monday was anything but a holiday for the Arkansas Razorbacks as the Hogs put in a full day of work on Labor Day in preparation for this weekend's matchup with No. 7 Tennessee at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

The Hogs attended meetings and lifted weights in the morning before returning in the afternoon for a two-hour full pad practice on the grass. Arkansas continued to implement its game plan for the Volunteers concentrating on special teams work.
"We worked a lot on what our special teams need to do," UA head coach Houston Nutt said. "We worked on when you kick it out of the end zone, when you return a punt, when you cover and when you concentrate on protecting your punter. When you do things like that good things will happen. We got a good start on that."
Van Buren, Ark., freshman Clarke Moore worked at fullback on Monday to try to help the depth at that position. The Hogs lost Adam Daily to injury at the end of last season and senior Sacha Lancaster was moved back to the defensive line earlier this fall. Sophomore Brandon Holmes has played some fullback, but his natural position is tailback. That leaves freshman Mark Pierce as the only true scholarship fullback on the depth chart.
"We need a body in there," Nutt said. "The guy is 245 pounds. He is physical. We just need a body. Right now Sacha is just too valuable to move back. He has too many plays going over there. That is the thing that Adam Daily gave you (last year) is a big old load that would hit a linebacker that was 250 pounds."
Tight end J. Strain reaggravated his sprained knee and missed most of Monday's practice. He will be evaluated and his status for this weekend is to be determined. Junior punter Richie Butler also sat out Monday's work due to some soreness, but is expected to return to practice as early as Tuesday.
Arkansas hosts Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference opener for both squads on Saturday. The Hogs and Vols will kick things off at 8 p.m. in front of a national television audience on ESPN2. The game will be the first played in the recently renovated and expanded Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

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