Ryan Sorahan put on a passing show Thursday as Arkansas moved closer to game week with a two-hour workout in full pads.
"Ryan was very sharp today, over 80 percent," said Houston Nutt. "He didn't miss many. He had a great day.
"I thought our team showed a since or urgency. We really wanted to see if they could put it all together with 11 guys doing everything right. We aren't there, but we were closer today."
Sorahan was red hot in both pass skeleton drills and team drills when the Hogs finally went against a scout team simulating the schemes that the Arkansas staff expects from Tulsa.
"We went against Tulsa stuff on offense and defense," Nutt said. "We wanted to begin to see their schemes."
Matt Jones practiced exclusively at wide receiver on Thursday with Sorahan taking almost every snap with the offense. Nutt said the plan was to rest Jones' shoulder to keep him fresh. Coaches indicated that Jones is still the starter. Jones said it also helped to get a jammed finger on his passing hand some rest.
"My shoulder is fine and my finger will be okay," Jones said. "I dropped a couple today and I feel bad about that. But I thought our offense really looked good today."
Sorahan made few mistakes on the day, but did throw one deep ball into double coverage that Bo Mosley jumped high to intercept. Another pass bounced off a cornerback's hands, but everything else either hit a receiver's hands (four were dropped) or they were thrown away intentionally.
"We looked better today, and now we have to do it every day," said James Shibest, wideout coach. "We had a few drops and we haven't had many until today. But, we also made a great number of nice catches. Most of the balls were in perfect position, but there were some that our guys went and got."
The best catch of the day was made by Chris Baker on an out when he went horizontal to make a diving two-hand grab of a ball that Sorahan threw a little wide.
"Chris Baker had a good day," Shibest said. "He's coming on. He isn't there yet on all of the little things, but the big things he's doing well."
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