Tuesday Grid Report, 9/2

Arkansas closes in on its opener against Tulsa with impressive work from Matt Jones.

Arkansas worked in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts for about two hours Tuesday as the Hogs put the finishing touches on the game plan for the season opener Saturday against Tulsa.

After resting a jammed finger on his passing hand a couple of days last week, quarterback Matt Jones put together an impressive day of throwing in Tuesday's workout.

"Matt looked good passing today and had two really nice deep balls at the end of the day," said Houston Nutt, the UA coach. "Matt looked good and he had some nice throws in the two-minute drill at the end."

Jones was especially sharp in the team portions of the workout when he hit his receivers in stride in a variety of patterns.

The squad had a lot of zip in their routine as they began to get ready for their first game.

"It seems like it's been a long time since we played a game and our guys are ready to get out there," Nutt said. "They had a lot of enthusiasm today."

Nutt said the Hogs will do fine without fullback Mark Pierce, who will sit out the first half against TU with a suspension.

"We have every bit of confidence that Brandon Kennedy will play well (at fullback)," Nutt said. "Brandon has done everything all fall and looked solid."

Kennedy has looked good in several phases of his play during the fall. He's had a good camp catching the ball, and also has been solid with his blocking and his running duties. Kennedy played often last year as a true freshman, but he came into his own during spring drills and has only improved this fall.

Pierce was dressed for the workout, but spent most of the day on the sidelines watching the workout. Pierce was arrested for disorderly content over the weekend, and Nutt said his seniors voted for Pierce to sit out the first half of the opener.

The Hogs continued to look sharp in special teams where they reinforced all kicking situations again Tuesday.


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