Tuesday Grid Report, 8/26

Arkansas got some good news on the injury report on Tuesday.

Arkansas worked for two hours in full pads Tuesday in a practice Houston Nutt said lacked consistency from the quarterbacks.

"Maybe it was from having pretty much two days off, but we didn't have the consistency I want today,'' Nutt said. "I told them afterwards we have to have more consistency. I didn't think our quarterbacks were consistent. They have to be sharper than that. To play 60 minutes, you have to be sharp at all times."

Nutt said it was obvious in watching Saturday's hitting sessions with younger players and from Tuesday's middle drill hitting session with the older groups that the Hogs want to play a game.

"They want to hit someone else," Nutt said. "They want to hit someone. You could see that Saturday night in the tape and you could see it today. Everyone else is playing a game this week, and we have to wait another week. Our guys want to play, too."

Arrion Dixon, out the last week with a knee sprain, worked in full pads for the first time since his injury. He participated in individual drills, but sat out any drills with full contact at the end of the workout.

"Arrion got the fundamental work and it was good to have him out here," Nutt said. "We'll see how the knee does. We expect him to be fine."

Wolf linebacker Jimarr Gallon practiced with a cast on his broken finger, but did not participate in hitting drills. He said there is now a chance he could play in the opener.

"I'll know more the first of next week, but I tried to see what I could do about getting out there for the fundamental work and to see if I could get the looks without the contact," Gallon said. "It may come down to a game-day decision."

Secondary coach Bobby Allen suggested that he's got four starters at the two cornerback positions. He said he may not pick the two starters until game time. Obviously, Lawrence Richardson, Batman Carroll, Eddie Jackson and Marvin Jackson are all splitting time with the first group.

"It's that close and let's just say all four are (starters)," he said. "We are in a good position. When we are in our nickel, our nickel back is Batman. And, the other three will all play. In the SEC, you don't always have this kind of depth and it's a good sign. I love them all.

"What I've seen is that all four have worked on their weaknesses. For instance, Batman needed work on his ball skills. He doesn't have many interceptions, but he got one Saturday night. His ball skills are much better. I see it and he sees it."

The Hogs will focus hard on special team work on Wednesday, breaking into punt and kickoff cover teams and return units.

"We'll work ones versus ones and try to get the true speed of the game the next few days on our cover and return teams," Allen said. "We don't want to see how it works against speed for the first time against Tulsa. We've been working in some drills on protection and coverage and we'll put it together in 11 v 11 the next few days."

Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack liked what he saw from the first group.

"Our ones have separated themselves," Nutt said. "They don't make mistakes. Tony Bua has been really, really good this fall. He's what we want at free safety and I'm happy with him there. We are good with about six linebackers. We are good pretty deep in the secondary. We need more in the defensive line, but most everywhere else we are good and pretty deep."

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