Wednesday Grid Report, 8/14

Arkansas worked in full pads on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon. The focus was on recognition of Florida's multiple fronts.

Univerity of Arkansas runing back Cedric Cobbs was given the afternoon off to take care of some academic work, but will be in the lineup on Saturday when the Razorbacks (4-1, 1-1) host Florida (4-3, 2-2) at 2:30 p.m. in a CBS nationally televised contest.

"He's fine and he will play on Saturday," UA sports information director Kevin Trainorsaid. "He just need to take care of some academic work. It's nothing serious."

Good news was the fact that tight end Jared Hicks was able to get back and do more work today after being limited earlier in the week.

That has caused offensive lineman Tony Ugoh and fullback Mark Pierce to get time at tight end during Tuesday's practice.

"(Hicks) did a lot better," Nutt said. "He got in about half of practice and finished really good on the goal line. I think he is going to be okay."

The last two practices have seen Arkansas be quite physical after that area not being a strength as it was in the first four games.

"The last two days we just wanted to get back to where we were the first four weeks," Nutt said. "I think the (offensive) line will be the first to tell you we weren't where we were supposed to be on Saturday, especially in the first half."

One spirited part of practice featured the young offensive linemen against the young defensive linemen in a modified blood pit situation.

Freshman defensive lineman Keith Jackson was the star of this show and it got the older guys fired up as well as the mood in practice and the noise picked up considerably afterwards.

Florida does a lot of different things offensively and is a team that has been up and down this season, but played well and Nutt knows it is important for his team to put a 10-3 loss to Auburn behind it.

He thinks that has happened.

"It was an emotional day, a good practice with still a lot of learning going on with the different sets they have offensively witht he tight end involved, the wideouts, two good backs - there is a lot to prepare for," Nutt said. "And then you have a quarterback that is mobile."

Although Nutt thinks Florida is a very good team, he is worried more about his troops than the Gators.

"I know they are a good team, every SEC team is a good team," Nutt said. "You have got to get ready for all of them. I am more concerned about us because I know when we are ready we can play with anybody in the country. If we execute, we can put points on the board and we can play good defense if we chase the ball and handle our responsibilites."

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