A day after taking it easy in shorts and t-shirts and two days after a major scrimmage, the University of Arkansas football team padded back up and got with it on Monday morning.
"We are trying to push them through it this week," Razorback head coach Houston Nutt said. "We are trying to put a little bit more pressure on them. With just three days of two-a-days left, we are really going to try and get a lot out of them.
"That's why we had a full practice this morning with full pads," Nutt continued. "We'll come back with the same thing this afternoon with some live work - especially in the inside runs. We are just trying to get better every day. There is some improvement being made, but we have a long way to go."
Nutt said he expected his players to respond during two-a-days, especially with the cooler-than-normal temperatures that have been prevalent in Fayetteville during the early part of practices.
"The weather has been ideal, ideal (for the players)," Nutt said. "So they ought to have a very positive response to this."
This will be a week when his young players need to step up if they want to earn playing time according to Nutt. Several freshmen got time in the live portion of practice as the coaches begin to make decisions on who will get playing time and who might be redshirted.
" This is where the bruises start to add up and start to ache," Nutt said. "This is where your freshman truly separate - the true freshman from the ones that are a little bit more mature and that can handle more bumps and bruises. If you ask me the same question on Wednesday, we will probably see some separation."
Arkansas' defense grabbed four pass interceptions during a three-hour afternoon workout Monday which included an intense full-contact session on the goal line.
The Hogs finished the day by putting the first offense on its 1-yard line and asking it to drive for a first down against the front-line defense. For the most part, the offense was successful.
However, earlier in the workout, the defense came up with multiple big plays when the Hogs were looking at quarterbacks other than Matt Jones. The Hogs' top quarterback had few miscues when he was at the helm.
"Our defense is flying to the ball and making plays," said Houston Nutt. "We had four or five interceptions and turnovers equal points.
"We really had two good workouts today. We worked hard this morning and then had a long, hard day with our first real heat this afternoon. We pushed them hard and I think we had some guys grow up and push through it.
"The goal line scrimmage coming out produced some good things. I think we'll like what we see when we grade the film. We appreciate the effort of our players."
There were no serious injuries, although Nutt said several players have aches and bruises. Titus Peebles, Vickiel Vaughn and Cody Green are all bothered by shoulder injuries. Center Skye Peterson has a broken finger which forced Jonathon Luigs to move to center for depth.
Arkansas welcomed a couple of newcomers to the field Monday. Chris Dayton of Tulsa joined the quarterbacks. Joseph Morton of Hamburg joined the defensive secondary. Both are walkons.
Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack was pleased with the play of his unit, but said there is much to get done in the next three weeks before the season opener.
"We are seeing a lot more positive flashes," Wommack said. "Our young guys are seeing the ball more. You could see that today in the interceptions. I don't think all of them see the ball thrown yet, but more of them are seeing it. Overall, we are getting to the ball better. What I like is that they are working hard and listening. If they do that, we'll get there.
"We've got three guys at the Husky spot and all of them are tough and can play. That's very good. I think Kevin Woods, John Johnson and John Jackson are guys that can play that spot and give us a lot of options in our defensive packages."
o o o
...Left guard Robert Felton seemed to get more work with the first team on Monday morning than fellow redshirt freshman Stephen Parker after Parker had been getting more snaps with the opening unit the past few practices.
...Sophomore defensive tackle Chase Pressley limped off the practice field with an injury. Sophomore fullback Brandon Kennedy (broken finger) did not go through the workout.
...While the Razorbacks were working in the middle of its green outdoor turf practice field, construction workers were putting down the red-colored end zone.
Hogs Work Twice on Monday
Hawgs Daily Top Stories
TCU vs Iowa State primerAfter falling in double-overtime to Arkansas, TCU looks to get back to their winning ways against Iowa State.
Horned Frog Insider09/15/2016
The Ultimate Midlands TeamThere is a lot of talent in the Midlands region, with a vast majority of the highest rated recruits playing high school football in the Lone Star State. Which prospects made the…
These rival helmet color swaps are revoltingSwapping rival teams' helmet colors? It shouldn't have been done, but someone did it anyway.
Post-July 2017 Top 100 Player RankingsWith the July evaluation periods, Nike Skills Academy, adidas Nations and Under Armour's Elite 24 over, Scout's basketball recruiting team has updated the 2017 top 100. DeAndre…
2017 South Region Top 150The stars are lined up in the 2017 South Top 150 and you can see the full pre-season list here...