Arkansas went through a long day of preparation Monday for Thursday night's South Carolina game. The Razorbacks spent a considerable amount of time in meetings, then walked through some situations in the indoor workout facilty under the Broyles Center, then worked out on both the practice field and inside Reynolds Razorback Stadium in a 70-minute workout.
The Hogs didn't get to the practice field until after 5 p.m., about one hour later than their usual midweek practice. Usually, they don't practice at all on Monday, but changed their schedule because ot the short work week before the South Carolina game set for Thursday in Little Rock.
"We got a lot done today," said Danny Nutt, the UA running backs coach. "I liked what I saw from the tailbacks. De'Arrius Howard was close to full speed. He looked very good tonight."
Danny Nutt said that Cedric Cobbs was "very sore" after Saturday night's seven overtime victory over Kentucky. Cobbs practiced Monday, but was withheld from some drills to rest a tired hamstring.
"DeCori Birmingham had a fine game against Kentucky, but he still doesn't know all of our protections," Nutt said. "He busted a couple of times and we had two sacks because of it. But he's learning and trying very hard. Cedric Cobbs did everything right. He had some great blocks in our pass protections. I think he'll play Thursday, but he's not full speed right now."
Houston Nutt skipped his usual post-practice session with the media to make an early exit so that he could watch his son play in a junior varsity game in Rogers.
Line coach Mike Markuson said the Kentucky game was the best performance by the Hogs' offensive guards.
"I'm told that Bill Curry, the ESPN commentator, mentioned Jerry Reith's performance in his radio show today," Markuson said. "I understand why. Jerry and Mark Bokermann, our other guard, had their best games. They played very well. Shawn Andrews played well, too, but our guards were really good against Kentucky. I'm very pleased with their performance."
Secondary coach Bobby Allen said that he was pleased with some areas of the Hogs' performance against Kentucky, but not about some areas.
"We still have to work on some things," Allen said. "We can't have some of the penalties we are getting and I've been firm with our guys on that. I know that we will get some pass interference penalties. I know they are going to throw the flags on some things and I don't argue with them. You'll see interpretation on pass interference and I don't argue with any of that. What I don't want to see are the things after the play. We've discussed that."
That was an obvious statement about a personal foul called against Ahmad Carroll in the Kentucky game. Carroll sat out a few plays, but returned later in the game.
"It's a physical game and there are things that are going to happen from time to time in the heat of the battle," Allen said. "That doesn't excuse anyone from anything. We've talked about that. It has to stop."
The Hogs were not in full pads, and they won't don full pads on Tuesday, either.
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