Rain Shortens Practice for Hogs

Cold, steady rain forced the Arkansas Razorbacks to shorten their 45 minute scheduled practice Saturday afternoon and move indoors for film study.

Although the Razorbacks were unable to get their full practice time in, head coach Houston Nutt said the team was able to use the time they had effectively.

"Obviously the weather didn't cooperate with us and cut us short today," Nutt said. "But we were able to get some things done in our punting game. We'll spend about an hour studying film of Oklahoma and then our practice film and correct our mistakes.

"We'll come back out tomorrow and move indoors if the weather is not good. Either way, we'll strap on the pads and get a good workout in."

Nutt said special teams were the primary focus of Saturday's practice and will continue to be a point of emphasis for the Razorbacks.

"We've been staying consistent with our PAT and field goal work everyday," Nutt said. "We have also worked on punt just about everyday, but we need to get some work in on punt returns and kickoff coverage and return."

Nutt added that he has been please with the work of punter Richie Butler during the season.

"I think Richie did a good job," Nutt said. "But I know him well enough to know that he can be better. He has a strong leg and I think he can give us a lot better hang time and distance. He has that kind of leg."

Arkansas will practice again Sunday and throughout next week in preparation for the New Year's Day match-up against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl. The game is slated for a 10 a.m. kickoff and will be televised nationally by FOX.


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