Wednesday Grid Report, 10/8

Arkansas welcomed a key football player back to the practice field on Wednesday as preparations for Auburn continued.

The return of senior leader George Wilson to the practice field highlighted the University of Arkansas' football practice on Wednesday.

It was a welcome sight for Razorback head football coach Houston Nutt, who last saw Wilson run a route in the first half of Arkansas' 34-31 win over Alabama almost two weeks ago.

"He did good, much, much better," Nutt said. "It's just good to see him out here. He has such a presence, is such a leader. It is just good to have him in a uniform."

Cornerback Bo Mosely also went through a limited amount of work for the Razorbacks (4-0, 1-0) although his status remains a game-time decision for the 11:30 Saturday contest.

Asked about Auburn's resurgence with two wins over overmatched foes Vanderbilt and Division I-AA Western Kentucky and another over visiting Tennessee last weekend, Nutt said it was back to basics for the Tigers (3-2, 2-0).

"It's just real simple - hand the ball to the tailback and not gving the quarterback much reads," Nutt said. "They are not trying five out everytime and throw hots. (It's just) hand the ball to the tailback, hand the ball to the tailback. "He (Auburn QB) Jason Campbell then is so comfortable that he fakes that handoff and throws it deep or bootleg and that is what he does best without thinking too much."

That's much easier to do when you have a stable of running backs led by Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, who had 186 yards against Tennessee after a injury-plagued start, and Ronnie Brown.

"He looks better," Nutt said. "He is running harder, running more physical and they have a good combination with the other guy."

Nutt also lauded the Auburn defense, which is one of the country's best.

"The defense if you look is ranked in the Top 10 in the country," Nutt said. "They don't give up but 60 something yards (rushing) and I think Tennessee had four yards. They are very stingy with that. They have great defensive linemen and great speed at linebacker."


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