It appears University of Arkansas fans and Georgia head coach Mark Richt will find out at the same time just how healthy Razorback senior quarterback Matt Jones is for their SEC clash game on Saturday night.
Not to mention freshman running back Peyton Hillis, wideout Steven Harris, cornerback Michael Coe and offensive tackle Tony Ugoh just to name a few.
That's because UA head coach Houston Nutt closed practice on Wednesday and will do so again today as the Razorbacks (3-3, 1-2) continue to prepare for Georgia (5-1, 3-1) in a game that will be televised nationally by ESPN2.
"We jusrt need every advantage we can get," Nutt said.
Nutt is obviously hoping his senior signal caller will be ready to start and play close to his normal self.
"That's what I am hoping," Nutt said. "I expect him to be pretty close to full speed. That's what I am hoping for, but again I don't know that for sure."
Jones is one of many Razorbacks that have been in the training room this week as the aforementioned list shows.
"Our guys are trying to get out of the training room," Nutt said. "Matt Jones got back out on the field and did a few things. Peyton has been out here all week and continues to get better. "
Hillis was hurt in the first half against Florida back on Oct. 1 and was originally scheduled to be out 4-6 weeks. He had an MRI Wednesday, but Nutt wasn't talking much about it.
"We are still checking X-rays and doctors and trying to make the right decision before you put him back on the field," Nutt said, "because remember it was just two weeks ago when he got hurt. You want to be real careful. If you ask him he wants to play, but we have got to do what's best for him and the team."
Ugoh (kidney stone) will be supplanted at right tackle by former redshirt freshman guard Robert Felton while fellow redshirt freshmen Matt Gilbow will make his second start at left tackle for the injured Zac Tubbs.
"That's been very hurtful right now because he had been getting better each week and had been one of our leaders," Nutt said. "We need him back on the field. He couldn't do anything physically, but he just came back out here and went through some things mentally."
The UA medical staff is not sure whether Ugoh has actually passed the kidney stone or not.
"They thinks it possible that he might have but they don't know for sure because it is so small," Nutt said. "With the different fronts they have we will probably have to start Robert Felton at left tackle. Nate Garner is backing up both."
If Jones can'g go, redshirt freshmen Robert Johnson will get the nod and is likely to play some one way or the other.
"Robert Johnson has had a very good week and he's worked hard," Nutt said. "All of our guys have."
Nutt tried to pump up the fans through the media.
"I want to just encourage our fans," Nutt said. "They have been so good and we need them Saturday night loud for four quarters."
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