Sunday Grid Report, 10/29

Arkansas entered game week with an up-beat Sunday workout as the count down began for the season opener against New Mexico State.

Game week began at Arkansas, but it was hardly a typical Sunday practice. The Hogs worked about two hours with heavy conditioning gassers at the end.

Head coach Houston Nutt said the Hogs will take Monday off, as they will all season so that players can use that day for their labs. They'll return to the practice fields with a full pads workout on Tuesday.

"We had a good day today," Nutt said. "We tried to hit the kicking game real hard today. We watched last night and saw where alignment mistakes cost Virginia Tech six or seven times. They got calls for those problems. We talked about that before today's practice. We talked to them real hard about that."

Nutt said it was easy to tell that the Hogs are close to playing a game. They meet New Mexico State at 6 p.m. Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

"They know it and are looking forward to hitting someone with different colored jerseys," Nutt said. "They are ready to play. You could tell it by the way we practiced Friday night and Saturday. We had a lot of bounce in our steps.

"We know we have a tough opponent with a lot of returning players. That defense gave us fits last year for three quarters. They have most everyone back. They have a linebacker and an end that the pros are looking hard at. They have a good football team."

James Shibest, UA wide receivers coach, said his unit has had a great fall camp.

"We aren't ready to play right now, but we are getting really close," Shibest said. "We've got a few bumps and bruises and sore muscles, but we are in good shape. I think we are six deep right now. If we play three wide, that means we'll need all six of them in a rotation easily. I can't tell you how we will line up, but we are ready to go three wide."

It appeared the Hogs were healthy. Robert Felton rotated some with the first unit at left guard, splitting time with Stephen Parker. Cedric Logan appeared close to full speed at wide receiver. The Hogs had no new injuries on Sunday.

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