Wednesday Grid Report, 10/22

Arkansas is still trying to assess who can play Saturday night against Ole Miss ... and who can't.

Get familiar with the names of Kyle Dickerson, Desmond Sims and Michael Robinson because those are suddenly three guys in could have a big impact on the University of Arkansas' game at Ole Miss Saturday night.

With top tailbacks Cedric Cobbs (hamstring) and De'Arrius Howard (ankle) both hurting, not practicing and very doubftul for Saturday, the 5-9, 198-pound Dickerson will open the game in the backfield along with fullback Mark Pierce.

"Kyle Dickerson knows all the blocking schemes and protections and has been there," UA head coach Houston Nutt said after Wednesday's long workout.

Running backs coach Danny Nutt echoed some of those same sentiments.

"He (Dickerson) is older and he has done it before," Danny Nutt said. "He has worked at fullback and tailback for me. I don't see it being a problem. I think he can handle it and deserves this shot to start and produce for us."

Dickerson, Pierce, DeCori Birmingham and Brandon Holmes - the later again splitting time between offense and defense - got the reps at tailback during Wednesday's workout.

The crash course they are taking is evident when you see some of that quartet working on plays after the official practice has ended.

"We are just trying to get everything down and not leave anything to chance," Danny Nutt said. "These guys are going to be just fine."

Sims will start - as he did against Tulsa - and Robinson will be the back-up at rover for Jimarr Gallon, who isn't giving up hope on being able to play despite a high ankle sprain suffered late in practice on Tuesday.

"We don't know just how serious it is and how many plays we can count on him on Saturday," Houston Nutt said. "It might not be any."

If he doesn't play - and you would have to list him as questionable - it won't be from lack of trying to get ready.

"They told me he was in the training room nine times today for treatment," UA defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said.

Nutt said he's hopeful because of Gallon's toughness and the care of UA head trainer Dean Weber.

"He is doing much better today from what Dean has told me," Nutt said. "He is walking, has more movement and more flexibility than he had last night. That's a positive."

Wommack believes that Sims and Robinson will perform well.

"It's not as if they haven't played," Wommack said. "They just now have to step up and make more plays."

But as with Cobbs and Howard, Gallon not practicing on Wednesday was not a good sign.

"It's tough when they don't practice, but you never know," Houston Nutt said.

- - - In other new on the hill Wednesday, UA officials announced that ARSN has added a low-power trasmitter to its luggage.

That means Razorbacjk fans will be able to take their radios and listen to ARSN broadcasters Paul Eells and Keith Jackson call the game as well as Chuck Barrett and Quinn Grovey doing pregame and postgame analysis.

The frequency and dial number will be posted adjacent to the ARSN banner in large black letters at Saturday's game.

- - - Also five bus loads of UA students, some 200 in all, will be making the trip to Oxford.


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