Thursday Grid Report, 10/23

Arkansas added another solid workout in preparation for Saturday night's game at Ole Miss.

Arkansas worked for a little over one hour Thursday and it became obvious that Cedric Cobbs and De'Arrius were not making a lot of progress in recovering from injuries sustained against Florida.

Howard and Cobbs are both doubtful for Saturday night's game with Ole Miss. Cobbs has a hamstring injury and Howard has a sprained ankle. Cobbs was not outside for the workout. Howard practiced for a few periods, but then retired to the sideline. Wolf linebacker Jimarr Gallon (ankle sprain) also sat out Thursday.

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt still insists that Kyle Dickerson will start at tailback and the rest of the rotation at that spot will be filled out by DeCori Birmingham, Mark Pierce and Brandon Holmes.

"We are going to take (Cobbs and Howard), but I don't know if they will be available," Nutt said. "We will go wtih Kyle first."

Backfield coach Danny Nutt said, "Dickerson is the one we have that is the closest to Fred Talley as far as vision of the hole. He knows where it's going to be and knows how to hit it. He sees it like Fred saw it. Now he's not as quick to hit it as Fred, but he has a natural feel for the position. He knows what to do. I have a lot of confidence in how he will play based on the way he has practiced."

The Hogs will practice Friday in a change in travel plans. They will work out for about an hour Friday at Fayetteville in a closed-door setting before flying to Olive Branch, Miss., early Friday evening.

Rover/wolf linebacker coach Chris Vaughn doesn't expect to have Gallon against Ole Miss. That means Desmond Sims will start and Michael Robinson will be the backup at wolf.

"I'd be worried if Desmond hadn't played a lot," Vaughn said. "Demond started against Tulsa. He played a lot against Texas. He played a lot the last few games. He knows what to do. Michael Robinson has come on all fall. He's a talented backup. We are in good shape and I'll sleep good Friday night knowing who we have to go to battle with at wolf. You don't like to have injuries in midweek, but we have good players behind Jimarr Gallon."

It appears that Richie McIntyre will resume the kickoff duties after losing that job earlier this season because of a groin injury. McIntyre was the kickoff man Thursday at practice and put his kicks deep in the end zone on a calm day.


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