Wednesday Practice Report, 9/26

Arkansas continued to check out some new combinations in the backfield as they prepare for the trip to Georgia. Images included.

Arkansas worked without Ryan Sorahan, and it appears more and more that the sophomore quarterback will not play this week at Georgia.

Sorahan has a bruised back, and could not practice Wednesday. He was at practice for the start and end of the workout, and left in the middle for treatments.

"I wouldn't rule out that I can play, but I wouldn't play if it was a game today," Sorahan said. "It's still extremely sore."

Coach Houston Nutt thought Zak Clark was sharp for the second straight day.

"He's put in a good week and we'd like to see him like that for one more day," Nutt said. "Zak's been sharp."

Quarterback coach David Lee echoed those words, citing Clark's recognition of the Georgia schemes as well as his execution in the passing game.

"Zak is right where we'd want him," Lee said. "I liked what I saw from Zak."

Lee said freshman quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, now the backup, has not been as sharp over the last two weeks.

"He needs a sense of urgency on every play," Lee said of Jackson. "He'll make some throws, say a 25-yard go route and you can't draw it up any better. He has a great arm, a cannon. Then, he'll miss the next three or four throws. Accuracy and urgency are a problem right now with Tarvaris and it's been that way for a couple of weeks.

"As far as knowing the offense, Tarvaris has come a long way and has a good command. We can put him in the game now and feel comfortable that he can run the offense. Making accurate throws is his problem right now and that has to improve and he knows it."

Matt Jones took all of George Wilson's snaps at wide receiver with the first unit, and did well. Wilson sat out the workout with a mild ankle sprain, but should be full speed against Georgia.

"We are getting Matt ready to play," Nutt said. "He did well today."

Lee said, "Matt is excited to get a chance to play. He is ready to play wide receiver."

Jones doesn't know if he'll see his first action of the season against Georgia, but is ready to shed the redshirt.

"It's up to the coaches," Jones said. "I'm not sure if I know everything, but I'm trying. I got to run a lot of plays with George out. He'll be back and he's the (starter)."

Asked if he was happy at wide receiver, Jones said, "Yes, I am."

Houston Nutt and running backs coach Danny Nutt both said all three tailbacks ... Brandon Holmes, Fred Talley and Cedric Cobbs ... would see action against Georgia, and that the starter would be either Holmes or Talley.

Asked if Cobbs was in good spirits Wednesday after missing Tuesday's workout with a strained hamstring, Houston Nutt said, "He seems upbeat and ready to try to help the team. I think he worked hard and wants to do well in practice. He seemed to have a good day. He was busting it today, and he was busting it Sunday when he strained the hamstring."

Wednesday Practice

Chris Vaughn visits with Jimmy Beasley before practice.

Wednesday Practice

David Lee (center) talks with injured QBs Robby Hampton (left) and Ryan Sorahan.

Wednesday Practice

Bobby Allen supervises the defensive linemen.

Wednesday Practice

Justin Scott (90) and Jason Peters take a water break.

Wednesday Practice

Bobby Allen puts the defensive line through their paces.

Wednesday Practice

Ryan Sorahan rode a stationary bike to start practice.

Wednesday Practice

Sacha Lancaster prepares for practice.

Wednesday Practice

Brandon Holmes warms up.

Wednesday Practice

Matt Jones (9) runs some routes before practice.

Wednesday Practice

Richard Smith before practice Wednesday.

Photos by Clay Henry

 


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