Thursday Practice Report, 10/25

The Hogs worked for about 90 minutes in shorts as they worked on kicking game situations and other special scenarios as No. 17 Auburn heads to the Ozarks.

Arkansas assistant coach Mike Markuson said the Hogs had another solid day on the practice field as the final touches were put on the game plan for this weekend's date with No. 17 Auburn at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

"We've done well as far as getting our assignments down," Markuson said. "We've looked good the last two weeks since the South Carolina game.

"As far as the offensive line, I've felt the chemistry develop more each week since the Alabama game. In that game, I saw some good things, and it's continued."

Markuson praised freshman tackle Shawn Andrews, along with Mark Bokermann. Bokermann moved from tackle to guard to give way to Andrews at tackle in the revamped offensive line.

"Shawn is a freak of nature, and is getting better and better each week," Markuson said. "He looks like he is grasping the game in a  large way. He loves to play. I see the way he and Mark work together on the right side and it makes me excited. Bokermann has been excellent, especially last week against South Carolina. He looks like a solid right guard to me."

Markuson said the Hogs expect another great crowd for this week. He said the crowd was a big part of the Razorbacks' performance against South Carolina.

"When we came out for warmups, you could feel it in the air," he said. "I noticed it as a coach and our players were talking about it when they went back into the locker room. I know we are going to have a good crowd this week."

Frank Broyles, the UA athletic director who attended the workout, said he expects a crowd in excess of 69,000. Only around 1,300 tickets remain unsold, and there were lines at the UA ticket office on Thursday afternoon.

Defensive coordinator John Thompson said the defense continues to improve each week, most notably middle linebacker Jermaine Petty.

"Coaching Jermaine Petty is a delight," Thompson said. "You go in the meeting room and talk about doing something a little better in practice that day, and then you go out there and see the concentration on his part to get that thing fixed. Yesterday we talked about playing with his pads level to the line of scrimmage, and he was perfect in practice. You see the concentration to detail and it makes him a joy to coach."


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