Tuesday Practice Report, 10/9

Arkansas' injury report improved for Tuesday's workout as the Hogs prepped for No. 9 South Carolina.

Arkansas worked for two hours in full pads in prepapration for No. 9 South Carolina's visit to Little Rock. The conditions were cool and windy, with spitting rain for the last 10 minutes.

"We ran around good and showed a lot of excitement," Houston Nutt said. "We worked on eliminating turnovers and penalties. We know with the way South Carolina plays, we will have to be perfect Saturday. We look forward to this challenge. It will be a big challenge."

The Hogs had plenty of good news on the injury report. Except for tailback Brandon Holmes, all of the injured players from last week were practicing close to full speed on Tuesday.

Holmes (sprained foot) didn't workout. He spent the day receiving treatment. He is doubtful for this week. In his absence, it is likely Fred Talley would get the start. Cedric Cobbs practiced, but was not yet at 100 percent.

"Cedric is getting closer," Nutt said. "We hope to have him this week."

Mark Bokermann (ankle), Carlos Hall (ankle), Tony Bua (hamstring) and Curt Davis (hamstring) all practiced without problems on Tuesday.

"I think we will have all of those guys full speed," said John Thompson, defensive coordinator. "They aren't quite there now, but will be by gametime.

"After looking at film of last week's game, I liked what I saw from some of our younger players, especially on the defensive line. Arrion Dixon and Elliott Harris did well as far as carrying out the assignments in the scheme and with effort. They are now in our plans. They are in the rotation and will get more snaps. Count them in this week in the defensive line."

Thompson also praised freshman linebacker Jeb Huckeba for both his game performance and the way he practiced Tuesday.

"He made a hit in middle drill where he filled the hole and really exploded, then in another drill, he intercepted a pass for what have been a TD," Thompson said of Huckeba. "He busted a couple of assignments in the game and he will continue to make mistakes because he is a freshman. But, what a talent. He is really coming on. He can make plays and is going to keep getting better."

Quarterback Ryan Sorahan, out most of the last two weeks with a bruised back, practiced without real problems. He worked with the second team behind starter Zak Clark.


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