Arkansas concluded two-a-days with the traditional Hope melon feed, to the delight of everyone. Around 200 cold melons were cut late in the workout and that picked up the spirits of a tired bunch of Hogs.
"We weren't happy with the way some of the assignments were carried out this morning, so we repeated the same practice this afternoon," said Houston Nutt, UA coach.
"We just came out this afternoon and put the ball down and got after it. We were a lot better this afternoon. We worked on down-and-distances, the 25-second clock, substitution and getting the plays in this afternoon. We want to see if they can play the game. We also had a good session on special teams."
Nutt said the afternoon practice was crisp and spirited, perhaps because of the treat that awaited in the shade of the Walker Pavilion on the south end of the practice field.
"Our guys like the way we end two-a-days, with the watermelons," Nutt said. "We appreciate the support. They do it every year. Our players look forward to it."
Nutt said the morning practice wasn't without good performances.
"Ryan Sorahan threw the ball really well," Nutt said. "He was sharp and was very good at the checks we gave him. We just need him to keep coming."
Brandon Holmes returned to the practice field after spending the last three days rehabbing a back injury. Holmes looked at full speed in the conditioning sprints to end the day.
Nutt shook his head in the negative side-to-side motion when asked afterwards if he was worried about eligibility problems. Shawn Andrews had to return some money for some items given him at the Playboy All-America event earlier this summer. Cedric Cobbs and Holmes both missed time earlier this week to take care of academics.
"We are fine," Nutt said. "Our people in compliance told me not to worry (about Shawn). Cedric is fine. Brandon has just a little left to do, but he will be fine, too. We don't have anything to worry about with those three, from what I've been told."
The Hogs will practice Saturday afternoon for Fan Appreciation Day, and that's all Nutt said it would be, a regular practice.
"It's not a scrimmage, guys," Nutt said. "We won't tackle and you won't see the starters except in some of the drills. We are where we need to be right now and we don't want an injury. We don't need to hit on them any more. We are still looking at some young players and they will hit a little.
"It's just going to be a regular practice. What makes it different is that we'll have our fans there. It's a great tradition and we look forward to it. Our players enjoy signing autographs and meeting the fans. That's what FAD is all about."
Arkansas continued to welcome injured players back to the practice field. Arrion Dixon dressed in shoulder pads for the afternoon workout, but didn't put on the leg pads. He did not run the conditioning, but appeared to move around well in some of the early technique drills. Wide receiver Carlos Ousley practiced in full pads for the first time in one week. Chris Baker and Willie Hordge looked close to full speed in their third straight workout since retunring from hamstring injuries.
Fan appreciation day begins at 2:30 p.m. and concludes with a 6 p.m. practice in the stadium. Fans should enter on the east side of the stadium.
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