Tuesday Grid Report, 10/7

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt has a request for Razorback fans ahead of Saturday's showdown with Auburn.

Arkansas had another solid workout Tuesday as preparations for Saturday's home game with Auburn continued. Head coach Houston Nutt was extremely pleased with the day's effort.

"This was another good day, just like Sunday," Nutt said. "We've had two good workouts back-to-back. I liked the concentration and effort."

Nutt continued to urge Hog fans to "come early and stay late." The Hogs face the Tigers at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

"We are going to do a bed check of our students Friday night to make sure they get to bed early and get up early to be ready for the early kickoff," Nutt said. "Seriously, we need our fans to be the 12th man and to be a big factor in the game. I'm really asking them to be something extra this week. We need them."

It will be the Hogs' first home game since the season opener when Arkansas entertained Tulsa.

Nutt said he expects to have captain George Wilson, the fifth-year senior who has been the team's leader throughout the spring and summer.

"George wanted to go today, but we took his pads away from him to keep him off the field," Nutt said. "Dean Weber, our trainer, told us that if he went today, it was just make him sore the rest of the week. I trust Dean's judgment and I'm going to go with him on this one.

"I think if we rest George this week, we'll have him on Saturday. He knows everything. He's our team leader and captain. We need him for the game. He knows everything and will be prepared. I think he could have gone today and he's a lot better. But we want him for Saturday and not just for today."

The Hogs look in better health this week after the open date. Lawrence Richardson, out the last two games with an ankle sprain, made it through an entire practice since sustaining his injury early in the Texas game. He worked with the first team.

"Lawrence is not 100 percent, but he's getting better and we think he'll be fine by game day," Nutt said. "He made it through everything today and that's a good sign."

Chase Pressley also looked better. The redshirt freshman defensive tackle missed the Hogs' last outing at Alabama with a high ankle sprain.

The Hogs practiced in full pads and went through several hitting sessions to make sure their tackling is sharp against Auburn's tough tailback combination led by Cadillac Williams.


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