Thursday Grid Report, 8/19

Houston Nutt provided some insight into the previous day's scrimmage after viewing film.

Arkansas worked for about two hours with helmets and shoulder pads in their lone practice Thursday. The Hogs spent the morning workout polishing their two-minute offense and on special teams.

Houston Nutt said there still needs to be some improvement in the hurry-up, no-huddle offense, especially from backup quarterback Robert Johnson in the area of communication.

"If you are going to the line and trying to get the information to the rest of the team, you have to be heard," Nutt said. "Robert needs to be louder. The defense has to communicate better, too."

Nutt said the previous day's scrimmage had some bright spots, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

"Our defense really ran around and chased the ball," he said. "The film really showed the effort the defense was playing with and you love that. I give a lot of credit to our senior linemen like Arrion Dixon and Jeb Huckeba. I thought Elliott Harris had one of his better days, too. We can't give up the deep ball, but we did a lot of good things on defense in that scrimmage yesterday."

On the flip side, offensive line coach Mike Markuson was less than thrilled about the run blocking by his unit.

"Our pass blocking was very good, but we allowed penetration that can't happen in the running game," Markuson said. "We have to be better than that. We covered some things today that have to improve."

Overall, Nutt said that the Hogs have had a very productive first two weeks of fall camp. The final day of two-a-days is set for Friday, with a major scrimmage set for 6 p.m. Saturday night in conjunction with Fan Appreciation Day set from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for fans to meet with UA players for autographs.

"Our camp has been really good so far," Nutt said. "It's been business-like and professional in nature. Our players have displayed a willingness to learn. I'm pleased."

Sitting out practice Thursday were Landon Leach and Cedric Logan. Leach was excused from the workout while his system adjusts to new medication for a stomach inflammation. Logan has a sore knee, but should return later this week.

"Landon is getting used to the medicine," Nutt said. "He had a very good scrimmage Wednesday. We had Cedric x-rayed and he's going to be fine. No broken bones."


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