Wednesday Grid Report

Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt gets injured players healthy and is pleased with Wednesday's workout.

Thank Gotham, Batman, Robin and the Joker are all doing just fine just in the nick of time.

Actually it's cornerback Ahmad "Batman" Carroll, fullback Brandon Kennedy and wideout Steven Harris - all battling injuries during practice this week - who are better and all went through Arkansas' final on-campus workout Wednesday without any problems.

All three have been pronounced fit to play when Arkansas (8-3, 4-3) visits LSU (10-1, 6-1) Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in a game that will be nationally televised by CBS.

"They are all going to be fine and ready to go," Razorback head coach Houston Nutt said. "That's good news."

Arkansas concluded its shortened work week with a promising 90-minute workout that left Nutt much more pleased than he was with a lackluster Tuesday workout.

"It was a much better day today," Nutt said. "Guys moved around today and were very focused. We had a good (overall) practice, a good special teams practice and a good two-minute practice - just an overall good day."

The Razorbacks feel like they are ready to go down and play a great game.

"These are the kind of games that you grow up wanting to play," Arkansas senior linebacker Caleb Miller said. "We are focused and ready to play what I think is going to be one of - if not our best game of the year. For the most part this football team has excelled on the road in the past couple of years so we will go down with a lot of confidence that we can win."

Miller is most solid and experienced linebacking component that the Razorbacks have and that will lineup against a talented LSU offense. He'll be joined by Desmond Sims, Pierre Brown Clarke Moore, Michael Robinson, John Jackson and Sam Olajubutu, who was suspended for a game but will return to action this week as a reserve.

"We've got some young guys, but I have confidence they are going to go out there on Friday and make some big plays for us," Arkansas defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said. "I think our defense is going to be very ready to play."

Arkansas allowed some of its redshirts and walk ons to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday which resulted in some 23 players - such as redshirting first-year quarterback Robert Johnson - taking the opportunity to do so.

Still there were plenty of players on hand to get through the workout in a manner that the practice needed to be conducted.

"It's such a short week and you have got to get the looks down and our scout team did a great job this week," Nutt said. "We have to depend on those guys a lot because we have to got to see the things that LSU does offensively and defensively. There do a few more things than we do that are different so we just wanted to get the best look possible."


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