Pre-Practice Speech Adjusts Hogs

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas defensive end Jeb Huckeba said the Razorbacks typically hold a team meeting on Tuesday afternoons to wade through lengthy scouting reports about their upcoming opponent.

But Huckeba said coach Houston Nutt wasn't interested in Ole Miss when he took over the Arkansas meeting room Tuesday. Instead, Nutt delivered a passionate speech that Huckeba believes helped the Hogs bury the disappointment of last Saturday's 35-32 loss at South Carolina.

"It seriously was like coach Nutt changed everybody's attitude in that meeting," Huckeba said. "After we walked out of that meeting, everybody wanted to get out to practice as soon as possible, get ready. It's like a new spirit was in us."

Nutt told the Razorbacks to have fun, stay positive and set aside the ill feelings that have stacked up during Arkansas' four-game losing skid. Huckeba said it was an "unbelievable" meeting that simply centered on an attitude adjustment for the Hogs.

"It's time to move on," Nutt said after Tuesday's practice. "I think it starts with the coaches. (Tuesday) was a great attitude day and that's what we've tried to stress since Sunday. It's hard. It's really hard. But you get knocked down, the only way that I was taught was to get back up and keep going."

Receiver Steven Harris said the message definitely helped Arkansas' practice and believes it should carry over to Saturday's home game against Ole Miss.

"When you get a motivational speech like that, you can't do nothing but have enthusiasm and be excited about just going out and playing again," Harris said.


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