Nutt: Focus on Tough Road Trip

Arkansas worked for two hours plus on Wednesday afternoon in anticipation of this weekend's Southeastern Conference showdown with the Ole Miss Rebels.

Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt closed practice for only the second time this season in an effort to try to maintain his squad's concentration on the task at hand. With nearly half of the Hogs' starting lineup consisting of freshmen and sophomores, Nutt is attempting to prepare his young squad for the hostile environment of a league road game.

"I just wanted our younger guys especially to start focusing in on what we need to do," Nutt said. "We took an experienced team into Oxford a couple of years ago and came away with a loss. We have been in a comfortable environment the last few games at home, but playing on the road in the SEC is a whole different thing."

The Razorbacks will face one of the league's hottest quarterbacks in Ole Miss' Eli Manning. The son of legendary quarterback Archie Manning, the current Rebels' signal caller appears to have inherited many of his father's gridiron traits.

"The tough thing about Manning is that he can do so many things," Nutt said. "He doesn't make many mistakes and he gets them into the right plays. We will have to try and mix it up on defense."

Arkansas will return to the practice field on Thursday before traveling to Mississippi on Friday afternoon. The Razorbacks and Rebels will kick things off at 6 p.m. on Saturday night in a game televised by ESPN2.


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