Hogs Finish Second Day of Work

Arkansas went through a long workout in helmets and shorts as the 2003 football season marches forward. The Hogs had no serious injuries.

Houston Nutt loved the Hogs' second practice of the season as much as he liked the opener. Arkansas worked for 2 1/2 hours Tuesday afternoon after hosting media day in the morning.

"We took a little longer in meetings this afternoon and got on the field a little later, but we wanted to make sure to correct our mistakes and get a few things fixed with the younger players," Nutt said. "So, that made us getting done a little later."

Lawrence Richardson sat out the workout after getting a tooth pulled earlier in the day. He will return on Wednesday, according to secondary coach Bobby Allen.

The secondary was outstanding Tuesday afternoon, forcing two interceptions and a couple of fumbles in an active day.

"We had the ball on the ground a few times today, and that was because of the way the defense was flying around and making things happen," Nutt said. "I give credit to the defense.

"I liked what I saw from Chris Houston and Kevin Woods, a couple of young guys in the secondary. They are good football players."

There has been plenty of attention on the secondary, especially at free safety where the Hogs are looking for someone to step in for the departed Ken Hamlin. Allen said Jimarr Gallon will stay at wolf linebacker and the battle at free safety is focused on Tony Bua, Vickiel Vaughn and Lorienzo Robinson.

"So far, that competition has been great," said Allen. "All three are getting after it pretty good. I've been looking hard to see if someone was lined up right and so far there have been no hiccups, no mistakes. Tony Bua has done well there and had another good practice this afternoon like he had Monday."

Allen is pleased with what he's seen from the secondary players who missed spring, especially Batman Carroll.

"We've changed some technique and it's hard on the guys like Batman who weren't out there in the spring," Allen said. "But with Batman, he's bought in and is trying to change to what we coached in the spring when he was at track. It's hard at first, but you could tell he was getting better today. He's going to be better in the long run if he sticks with it and I think he believes in what we have been teaching in the spring and for two days in the fall."

Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack was impressed with his side of the ball, especially at middle linebacker with both Clarke Moore and Marcus Whitmore.

"I know that Marcus isn't really that big, but I'll say this, he can fly and he is someone that does have a big heart," Wommack said. "You might not think of him as a guy who is big enough to play mike linebacker, but he's going to play it and he will make plays."

The Hogs worked heavily on pass situations Tuesday, their second and final day in shorts and helmets. They will don shoulder pads and thigh pads (but not pants with knee pads) on Wednesday and Thursday, and will be in full pads on Friday. The first day of two-a-days will be Saturday.

Mark Pierce turns up field after catching a pass.

Line coach Mike Markuson gives instructions.

Shawn Andrews and Zak Tubbs practice their technique between plays.

Clifton Ealy works with the tight ends.

Zak Tubbs works on his pass blocking against end Lucas Jackson.

Photos by Clay Henry

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