Thursday Practice Report, 10/11

Arkansas capped a solid week of workouts with a lengthy practice Thursday in preparation for Saturday's nationally-televised battle with No. 9 South Carolina in Little Rock.

Houston Nutt proclaimed it a productive week of workouts after the Arkansas football team finished a lengthy Thursday session on the grass practice field south of Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Nutt, the Hog head coach, took his team to the film room for extra meetings in preparation for Saturday's game with No. 9 South Carolina.

"We've had an excellent week," Nutt said. "We had an excellent day today. We had good spirit and our execution and recognition of South Carolina's packages was extremely good all week, and was again today."

Nutt was hoping for raininy weather Thursday, but that didn't come until the Hogs were done with their workout. So, he made sure the Hogs got some ball-handling with a wet football. He brought buckets of water to the practice.

"We dipped all of the footballs in the water, and soaked them good," he said. "We handled the ball fine. We looked good. It's something we do from time to time."

Nutt was asked if he hoped for wet conditions Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.

"Absolutely," he said. "That's what we want."

The weather forecast calls for a good chance of rain on Saturday for the 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

How that will affect the Hogs' injured running backs is unclear. Brandon Holmes (foot injury) is out. He did not practice at all this week. Cedric Cobbs (sore hamstring) has practiced all week and is close to full speed. Fred Talley (sore knee) is close to full speed, too, and will start.

The Hogs will get a lot of the injured defenders out last week back this week. Tony Bua, Carlos Hall, Corey Harris and Curt Davis all practiced at or near full speed. Mark Bokermann, offensive guard, worked without problems this week.

"We will need a complete game to beat South Carolina," Nutt said. "We've had weeks where our offense has played well, but we haven't been as good on defense. And, we've had it the other way around, too. And, we've had some good performances in the kicking game. What we need is for it all to come together in one ball game. We need a complete game, with no penalties. That's what we are shooting for and what we need to beat South Carolina."



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