Sunday Grid Report, 8/15

Arkansas cut back on practice Sunday the day after a major scrimmage. The head coach seemed pleased with the results after watching film.

Arkansas took off the pads and helmets for a one-hour workout Sunday in shorts and T-shirts. The Hogs worked on kicking game assignments and correcting mistakes from Saturday's major scrimmage.

Houston Nutt was pleased with the scrimmage after grading film, noting that the youngsters at wideout and in the defensive secondary both did a nice job of competing and knowing their assignments.

"We had some young mistakes that needed to be corrected, but I like what those young defensive backs and wideouts are doing," Nutt said. "We are giving them a lot, but I think you have to be pleased with their listening skills. We are in a new frontier with a lot of them and there may be some things that are fuzzy and we have some busts from time to time. But for the most part, it's exciting to see what they are doing.

"Guys like Marcus Monk, Marc Winston, Anthony Brown and Cedric Logan at wideout, and Desmond Williams, Chris Houston, Michael Grant and Matterral Richardson are doing some really good things.

"I was pleased with the young wideouts for recognizing yesterday when the secondary began to mix their coverages. I thought the DBs and the wideouts did well yesterday. I was pleased with the way the wideouts made big plays by making some nice catches."

Nutt said the Hogs are still in the installation process of fall camp.

"We are still putting in the offesne and defense," he said. "We've got about two or three more days of that. We'll get to our two-minute offense in the next few days. We are taking baby steps because we are trying to teach so many things to these young ones."

The best news of the day is that there were no significant injuries from the scrimmage. Everyone practiced Sunday, even Brandon Kennedy, the fullback who broke a finger last week. Kennedy worked with a soft cast, taking some of the reps with the first team. There appeared to be only one notable change in status. Stephen Parker worked at first team at left guard ahead of Robert Felton after grading out extremely high in the scrimmage.

The Hogs will return to full pads on Monday when two-a-days will resume. NCAA rules require that teams practice only once following two-a-days. Hence, the Hogs worked only once Sunday.

Assistant coaches were not available for interviews Sunday. They left the workout quickly for a staff meeting.

Matt Jones barks out the signals at Sunday's workout. That's Kyle Roper at center, Stephen Parker at left guard and Tony Ugoh at left tackle.

Steven Harris turns up field after catching a pass.

Peyton Hillis takes a handoff from assistant coach Danny Nutt on Sunday.

Cedric Washington turns up field after catching a pass.

Photo by Clay Henry

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