Tuesday Grid Report, 10/28

Arkansas may get one of its top tailbacks back this week against Kentucky, but another is still on the mend.

Arkansas worked for about two hours in full pads Tuesday with a resolve and focus that gave Arkansas coach Houston Nutt reason to believe the Hogs will bounce back this week at Kentucky.

"The easiest thing to do is to feel sorry for yourself and get down," Nutt said. "The guys came out here with an attitude to get better and improve. We had a really good day's work. The seniors should really be commended for their leadership.

"It's easy to be a Razorback when we're 4-0, but right now is when you find out who wants to play football. This bunch has great heart."

Sophomore tailback De'Arrius Howard went through all of the workout for the first time since sustaining an ankle sprain against Florida.

"De'Arrius was much better today," Nutt said. "He's not full speed yet, but he looked good and worked hard. Right now I'd think we would have him for Saturday. Cedric still feels a pull in his hamstring. We'll know about him later in the week."

Howard said he was a bit "rusty" at the start of the workout, but felt like his old self by the end of the workout.

"It was great to be out there for a full practice for the first time in a while," he said. "I am going to play this week. I need to get that feeling of running over someone again. I want to do it in Lexington. I need to help my team. The only way I don't play this week is if I'm either dead or in a hospital. My team needs me.

"This is a huge game. Our seniors need us to come to their support ant play our best game. This is a huge game for George Wilson. He's going home and George has been a big part of this team. We want to do well for our seniors. I asked him today how many tickets he had to get for his family. Probably 100. He's a Kentucky guy going home and this is a huge game for him and our team.

"We know people are down on us, but we are going to give it everything we have this week."

Cedric Cobbs was with the team only briefly Tuesday, going through the stretch part of the workout before heading to the training room to resume treatment for a pulled hamstring.

DeCori Birmingham switched to No. 7 for the workout out of respect for a fallen teammate. Brandon Holmes, the real No. 7, is out for the year with torn knee ligaments. Holmes arrived midway through the workout on crutches.

Line coach Tracy Rocker thought his group had another good workout, but would not say the defensive line has arrived.

"We've still got a lot of work to do," he said. "Let's say we are making progress and making more plays. But we are far from there. I'm not satisfied at all. We do have some guys working hard and buying into what we are selling up front. You can't be happy though because we aren't winning games. We get that turned around and I'll be happy."

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