Friday Grid Report, 8/29

The Hogs planned to go under the lights Friday night, but rains put them inside Walker Pavilion.

Arkansas worked for a little over an hour to polish its special teams and two-minute schemes on both sides of the ball Friday afternoon at Walker Pavilion.

Plans to practice under the lights at Reynolds Razorback Stadium were scratched after heavy rains during the day left the grass soggy. The Hogs will still try to get in one night practice over the next several days.

"Our game field is the best it's ever been and we didn't want to mess it up," said Houston Nutt. "We'll either go under the lights Sunday or Monday nights.'

The Hogs will practice at 9 a.m. Saturday in the stadium to go over special situations. The practice is closed to the public.

Little Rock Central's prep team visited the Hogs' practice and mingled among the squad during stetching. Central was to have played Rogers in a preseason scrimmage Friday night.
"We'll run plays and we'll go through our substitutions and we'll work on what happens in everything that could occur in a game," Nutt said. "We'll go over things like how to take an intentional safety. How to line up after a safety. We'll go over overtimes. We'll have officials there to make sure we have it right.

"And, then we'll either go under the lights Sunday if it's dry, or we'll do it Monday night. We want to throw and catch and field punts under the lights. At least half of our opener will be under the lights."

For the second straight day, Matt Jones took a day off from throwing passes, and he was held out as a wide receiver, too. Jones has a slightly jammed middle finger on his throwing hand sustained catching passes Thursday.

"He's going to be fine," Nutt said. "His shoulder probably needed the rest anyway. He'll be able to go and it gave some work to some others."

Nutt said defensive tackle Arrion Dixon looked much closer to full speed on Friday after a strong day Thursday, too. Dixon is battling back from a sprained MCL in his knee.

"I think he will be able to go when we get to Saturday, and he's close to being full speed now," Nutt said. "He got a lot of work today and did well."

Wolf linebacker Jimarr Gallon continues to practice with a cast on a broken finger.

"I don't know really if he can go in the game (against Tulsa) or not," Nutt said. "We'll have to wait to see. Right now, we aren't taking any chances. It's a broken bone and it needs to heal. He's doing everything but the contact and the ball work. He knows it. You just wish he could do everything."

Tony Ugoh is still hobbled with a tender Achilles' tendon. Robert Felton took the snaps with the second group at left guard ahead of Ugoh. Nutt said, "Tony's behind. He's missed a lot. He needs to be in there."

Lawrence Richardson sat out Friday's workout with a sore groin muscle. He's slated to be a starter at one of the deep return spots on kickoffs. Dedrick Poole got the work in his place there on Friday.

Nutt released the first depth chart of the fall, but there were a lot of question marks on it, especially on defense where there were nine ties in the two deep. The main ties were at cornerback where four players were listed as even at the two starting spots. Gallon and Desmond Sims were listed as even at wolf linebacker, perhaps because Gallon has been out most of the fall with the injured finger.

On offense, Cedric Cobbs and De'Arrius Howard were listed as co-starters at tailback. Matt Jones was listed as the clear starter at quarterback over Ryan Sorahan.

The kickoff job was listed as a tie between Richie McIntire and David Carlton.


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