Tuesday Grid Report, 9/30

Arkansas returned to the practice field after a couple of days off. Houston Nutt looked at young players in a scrimmage.

Arkansas' No. 8-ranked football team finished up a perfect September with a solid Tuesday workout.

The 4-0 Hogs worked for about 75 minutes against Auburn formations and plays before turning the field over to the scout team and redshirts for a full-contact scrimmage.

"It was good to get back on the field after two days off," said Houston Nutt, the Arkansas coach. "We had a good day. We had good concentration and good effort. We went ahead and got started on Auburn."

Nutt said the execution was impressive in the workout, moved inside Walker Pavilion because of damp conditions.

"I was pleased with the focus," Nutt said. "We had good enthusiasm, too."

The Hogs have an open date this week before playing host to Auburn at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 11. Auburn plays host to Tennessee this week.

Nutt said the freshmen and scout teamers were enthusiastic in their scrimmage.

"We put the ball down and those guys had a good time," Nutt said. "Robert Johnson and Landon Leach (at quarterback) looked good. I thought Robert Felton looked good (at offensive guard) and some guys on defense showed up like (end) Anthony Gray and (safety) Kevin Woods. Woods made a big hit on the goal line. (Tailback) Radale Pearson ran the ball well."

There was good news on the injury front. Split end George Wilson (high ankle sprain) and defensive tackle Arrion Dixon (turf toe) worked gingerly on the side, but Nutt said both were moving around better than expected and the prognosis for a quick recovery was good.

"Bo Mosley (knee sprain) has the farthest to go and he wasn't out here, but Arrion and George are doing better than we expected and I think we'll get them back pretty soon," Nutt said. "I thought George was moving around pretty good."

Cornerback Lawrence Richardson, out the last two weeks with a high ankle sprain, practiced with the first team although he has yet to make it back to full speed.

"Lawrence is getting better," Nutt said. "He's not all the way back, but he is much better this week."

After reviewing game film, Passing Game Coordinator Roy Wittke had praise for both of his quarterbacks and special plaudits for the offensive line.

"Ryan Sorahan came in and really played well and gave us a lift," Wittke said. "And I thought Coach (Houston Nutt) did a great job of evaluating and pushing the right buttons to get Matt back in the game.

"We had too many mistakes and can play better, but we did some good things with the game on the line and made the big plays when we needed to make them. I think we competed and took advantage of the things that our offensive line did."

As far as procedure penalties, Wittke said he credited Bama defensive end Antwan Odom for disrupting things on the left side at times.

"Bo Lacy jumped three times, but you have to almost anticipate the snap count to get that step you need to block a guy like Odom," Wittke said. "We'd seen on film where he just ran by the left tackle in every game. Bo knew what was lined up there and was trying to keep up with him and the crowd noise was a factor, too. We got caught with two men in motion one time when the wideouts were in the right position and one of them told the other to scoot up right at the snap. In reality, he was fine in the first place. We had our formation just right and didn't need to move."

Wittke said he'd seen enough film of Auburn's defense to expect a tough battle in two weeks.

"Auburn is much more active on defense than Alabama," Wittke said. "Auburn is very good up front and they have given everyone problems. It will be a real challenge, but our offensive line has done well every week."


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