Once again on Wednesday the focus of University of Arkansas' football practice seemed to be the linebacking situation - whose out, whose in for this Saturday's home game with Mississippi State and whose coming back soon.
Razorback head coach Houston Nutt was quick to get to that subject in his post-practice assessment as his team works around the suspension of starter Sam Olajubutu and several injuries that have impacted the spot this season.
"The linebackers continue to improve - Desmond Sims, Marcus Whitmore, Pierre Brown," Nutt said. "They are getting a lot of snaps and doing a good job. The speed of the game is kind of hard to prepare for everything that do. They are going to have to get it on the run."
Clarke Moore, the original starting middle linebacker, practiced for the second straight day and will for sure be able to play against LSU.
"He is just trying to take it slow and he doesn't do everything, but it is so good to see him out here in pads," Nutt said. "You talk about a dilligent, hard worker that has done a lot of rehab. We are proud to have him out here."
Just for LSU?
"Probably so," Nutt said, not totally ruling out a few plays against Mississippi State.
Senior Caleb Miller is the elder statesman at linebacker and is switching to middle linebacker this week from his normal stinger spot.
"These young guys are looking very good and I am just doing my best to help them out there on the field," Miller said. "I am just trying to be a second coach for them since (UA defensive coordinator) Dave Wommack has to be concerned with the entire defense."
Nutt is going to start a ton of seniors on Saturday in what will be there final game in Fayetteville.
"It's a great group of seniors," Nutt said. "It's the last tme these guys are going to come running through the A in this arena and they deserve to be out there."
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