Wednesday Grid Report, 9/24

Houston Nutt thought the Hogs were in fine spirits at practice Wednesday, but several players may miss the game at Alabama.

After covering every practice since the preseason started, our man Clay Henry finally took a well-deserved day off on Wednesday.

But while Clay was not at practice, several of Arkansas walking wounded were and began to start getting some work with hopes of playing in Saturday's 2:30 p.m. CBS nationally televised SEC Showdown between the No. 9 Razorbacks (3-0, 0-0) and the unranked Crimson Tide (2-2, 1-0).

Practicing on limited basis were UA wideout Richard Smith, running back Dedrick Poole and Lawrence Richardson.

But UA head coach Houston Nutt is not counting on Richardson or injured defensive lineman Chase Pressley right now for Saturday's game at Alabama.

"It didn't look good today," Nutt said when asked about the pair.

Smith and Poole are likely to see action as is senior Brandon Holmes, who continued to get reps at linebacker to help replace the injured Clarke Moore, who is likely out for the season.

"What our seniors have done this year is give us great leadership," Nutt said. "They have taken sole ownership of our football team. All Brandon Holmes has done every time we have come to him and ask him to move is do it.

"He probably hates to see my face coming because he knows I am going to ask him to move to another position," Nutt continued. "I hate the way it has turned out, but I tell you what, he is going to be a better man because of it. He is going to help us. There has been a lot recall, a lot of memory that he has before."

Nutt was pleased with the overall practice.

"Another good practice today and the guys bounced around," Nutt said. "...Good effort today, good concentration.

"We worked hard on the little things like goal line," Nutt added. "Just working on their different fronts. They have an excellent defensive front with a lot of athleticism, guys that can run around."

As expected Arkansas continued to focus a lot of its attention on Alabama running back-kick returner Shaud Williams, who had an 80-yard touchdown run and turned a 5-yard screen pass into a 75-yard gain against the Razorbacks last season.

"When you watch that film and you see Shaud Williams running and you have to do a great job tackling," Nutt said. "He is known for breaking tackles and we witnessed that first hand last year. We have got our work cut out for us."

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