Sacha Lancaster returned to fullback Tuesday afternoon as the Arkansas football team went through a physical, tough, two-hour practice in preparation for Saturday's SEC game with Tennessee.
Lancaster spent about half his time on offense and about half on defense. The senior from San Antonio, Texas said he divided his time equally earlier in the day when he came to the Broyles Center for film study.
"I started out looking at Tennessee's offense, and then I went to the other film room and looked at the Tennessee defense," Lancaster said. "I don't care where I play. I just want to win. This is going to be an awesome game in an aswesome stadium and I'll stay on the field for every play of it if it helps us win the first game in this new stadium."
Head coach Houston Nutt indicated that he was prepared to use Lancaster on both sides of the ball. He played well last week at defensive end after spending the spring and most of the fall at fullback.
"We need his big body at fullback and I think we can get some snaps from him there this week," Nutt said. "I thought he looked good today."
Lancaster said he met with Houston and Danny Nutt on Monday night after practice at their request to discuss the possibility of going both ways.
"I'm for it," Lancaster said. "I was changing jerseys today as we changed periods today and it worked fine. I told Cedric Cobbs and Brandon Holmes that I was going to make some room for them and we were going to have some fun Saturday night."
The Hogs also worked Mark Pierce and Clarke Moore at fullback. Both Lancaster and Pierce worked with the first team.
Most of the first team snaps at quarterback went to Ryan Sorahan, with Tarvaris Jackson getting most of the rest of the quarterback work.
"We are trying to catch Tarvaris up," Nutt said. "We still have confidence in Zak, but he's had a lot of work and knows our offense. He had it all in the spring and most of it in fall camp. We need to get Tarvaris more work."
Lancaster might not be the only player to go both ways in the game Saturday. Marvin Jackson played both cornerback and wide receiver in some portions of the drills.
"I don't mind at all," said John Thompson, defensive coordinator. "The way we worked it today was when Marvin was at wide receiver, we were going wideouts against DBs, so he could just turn around and get some work on either side of the ball.
"I thought it worked out fine with Sacha today, too. He got what he needed with us, and what he needed with offense today. I was all for it."
Thompson was impressed with what he saw from the Hogs' wide receivers Tuesday.
"Sam Breeden and a couple of others ran right past our corners," Thompson said. "I saw a little more intensity from them today. It was good. It made us play a little faster and that was good. Lawrence (Richardson) got beat a couple of times. He said they caught him napping, but it looked like a great route with some speed from Breeden and some others."
Offensive line coach Mike Markuson was pleased with the work ethic of freshman tackle Shawn Andrews for the second straight day.
"Shawn is learning how to work and get with it," Markuson said. "He's close. We may get some plays from him this week. We've had two very intense, physical days. I think we've responded to what I've asked from them."
There were no injuries. J. Strain and Richie Butler did not practice. Butler should return to the practice field Wednesday and will be fine for the game Saturday.
Mike Markuson was intense Tuesday. Here he's letting someone have it.
The offensive line gets some work.
Ryan Sorahan takes a snap.
Ryan Sorahan lets fly a pass.
David Lee instructs Matt Jones (13).
Shawn Andrews and Jim Peters lock in on a block.
Houston Nutt (left) and James Shibest study the offense.
You can barely see the dark specks where the SEZ scoreboards will be hung just below the club seats.
Some workers put in a speaker near the press box.
The letters were finished in the end zone Tuesday.
The South End Zone is pretty nifty from this shot from theWest.
The top level of the press box was getting a fresh coat of paint Tuesday.
A crane was swinging in some new speakers in the lower part of the West upper deck.
This is the new merchandise store in the South End Zone.
This is from the top level of the South End Zone. It's pretty scary. Really.
The west stands were getting some final touchup work Tuesday.
Here's the new east stands.
From atop the fifth level of the South End Zone, you can see about everything good that's in the world. (I'm just kidding.)
This is the lounge in the South End Zone.
This is from the second level of the South End Zone.
The SW corn