Thursday Grid Report, 10/30

Arkansas got some good news at practice Thursday. There will be more weapons available for the trip to Kentucky.

Arkansas worked for about 90 minutes Thursday in preparation for Kentucky. There was especially good news in regards to the running backs. The Hogs should be healthy by the time the game kicks off.

"Cedric Cobbs and De'Arrius Howard looked good today," Houston Nutt said. "I think they will play. I think both had good days. Cedric has had this injury before and he thinks it is coming around and it continues to feel better each day. He should really be fine by game time and he's doing well right now. De'Arrius had a good day today, too."

Nutt said the Hogs spent extra time on Thrusday working on special teams with a special emphasis on stopping Kentucky return ace Derek Abney.

"They've got some great speed on special teams and we will have to play well to stop Abney," Nutt said. "He's a great player and we know that."

Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack was pleased with the work week.

"Our players amaze me, they really do," Wommack said. "They gave us a great week of work and I think they will play hard this week. We've had some criticism, but that goes with the territory. We have to pull together and play with great intensity and emotion. From what I've seen this week, they will do that.

"Defensively, we got a lot done. Bobby Allen had our defensive backs practicing with mittens on their hands so they couldn't grab jerseys. I thought that was a good coaching move. Our players understand how they must play to avoid penalties.

"I think we will play hard this week. We've had guys step up each day. We've had guys do what was necessary to have a good week of practice.

"One thing we must do to help our team win is to create more turnovers. We got two last week and one was on the plus end of the field. That's what we have to do as a defense. We did that early in the year. We haven't lately. That's a big mission this week, get some turnovers and set us up with field position. Our field position has been horrible the last few weeks and the reason is simple ... our defense didn't create turnovers. Our offense feeds off the defense and the same can be said about our defense feeding off of the offense. That's the way we must play this week."

It was difficult to tell who took the offensive snaps at quarterback since the team portion of the drills were conducted behind closed doors in Walker Pavilion. In individual work when the team was concentrating on special teams, Matt Jones spent most of his time at wide receiver. Whenever he pitched a ball back to the center after catching a pass, he did it with his left hand, suggesting he was resting his throwing shoulder that has been tight during some weeks.


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