Monday Practice Report (Hoops & Grid), 10/15

Here are practice reports from Monday on both football and basketball. The Hoops team has practiced five times since Midnight Madness. The football team took Sunday off, then returned to the field on Monday.

The basketball team worked longer than football today, as Houston Nutt cut practice short to go to the meeting room as a cold front brought bone-chilling wind chills to Northwest Arkansas.

Houston Nutt was still beaming about the "monumental effort" the Hogs produced in a 10-7 victory over No. 9 South Carolina.

"We worked on getting some things corrected today and had a great day with lots of enthusiasm," he said. "They thought we were going to run 'em and they were excited when we sent them to meeting rooms a little early."

Temperatures at practice were in the mid 40s, with 25 mph winds. So that was another reason the players were excited to break for the Broyles Center a few minutes early.

Nutt said the Hogs looked good on the field, especially tailback Cedric Cobbs.

"That was the quickest I've seen Cedric on the practice field," Nutt said. "I think we are about to get him back full speed and that will be great."

That was good news to at least one offensive lineman. Captain Kenny Sandlin was excited to see Cobbs' quick burst in practice.

"That's what we want, a healthy Ced," Sandlin said. "When I see him in the backfield, I know that we have a chance to score a TD on that play. He's a special back and we love him.

"We have three great backs, and we look forward to getting them all healthy at the same time."

Brandon Holmes didn't practice because of sprained foot that kept him out of the South Carolina game.

Jason Peters logged some time at tight end, while Zak Clark, Ryan Sorahan and Matt Jones took the snaps at quarterback.

The basketball team worked twice Monday, to give them five practices since the start of workouts. Nolan Richardson said his team is extremely fit, and in game shape.

"I've never had a team this fit to start the season in 38 seasons of coaching," Richardson said. "They look very good. I got on their butts after today's practice because they were dragging a bit, but that's probably to be expected at this point."

Richardson said J. J. Sullinger has been superb in the workouts so far.

"He is in our top six right now," Richardson said. "He's like a taller Corey Beck. He can score. He can go to the offensive boards like Beck, and he can score like Joe Johnson. He may not be a great shooter, but he can flat score. That's the way Joe was. He's very clever and is so solid."

Richardson said that Berry Jordan is a raw talent and that he could redshirt.

"He gives us shot blocking and rebounding and we need those things with this team," Richardson said. "We haven't made a call on redshirting him, but that may be what happens."

The Hogs have been working at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., with intense effort in both workouts.

"This team comes to work, and I like that," Richardson said. "They were a little tired at the end of the afternoon session today. We talked a little bit about that, but they will be ready to go at 6 a.m. Tuesday. They come early and work hard. I get on the floor at about 5:45 a.m. and there are always a bunch of them out there shooting already. I like the leaders in this bunch and I am excited to see them each day. I'm proud of what they have accomplished since last April."

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