New And Improved Logan Impresses

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas wide receiver Cedric Logan is bigger than he was last season, but he's actually smaller than he was only a few weeks ago.

Logan, who's listed at 6-foot, 200 pounds, made his presence known Thursday afternoon by making several impressive catches during the team's first contact practice of the spring.

Despite weighing around 10 pounds heavier than he did as a sophomore, Logan often beat his defender and made a number of over-the-shoulder catches during one-on-one passing drills.

"I think right now I'm in shape, but I don't think that I'm in game shape. And I think the spring is going to help me out a lot," said Logan, a Fayetteville High graduate.

"As far as my blocking, I think I'm the best I've ever been at blocking. I've just got to get my route-running down."

Logan added the extra weight during the offseason, but he said he actually "overachieved" in the weight room and had to drop some pounds after bulking up to around 205-210 pounds.

Logan said his new size has not slowed him down at all, but he has gotten winded because his conditioning is not what he'd like it to be.

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt, who publicly asked earlier this week for his wide receivers to step up, hasn't seemed to notice any problems with Logan.

"Cedric Logan and (junior) Chris Baker both have made tremendous strides (over) the last day, from yesterday to today. Big strides," Nutt said. "(They're) catching the ball, being physical, (putting forth) more effort on their route-running."

Razorbacks Escape From The Rain
Nutt didn't want to take any chances with the weather Friday afternoon.

Because of heavy winds and the possibility of rain, Nutt decided to move his team's first contact practice of the spring inside the Walker Pavilion.

But Nutt said the cramped quarters didn't prevent the team from running through its two-plus hour practice as scheduled.

The Razorbacks took part in passing and running drills, and they finally got the chance to hit each other during 11-on-11 drills toward the end of practice.

"We got everything we needed to get done," Nutt said.

Mustain Watches Practice
For the first time this spring, former Springdale High quarterback Mitch Mustain watched as Arkansas ran through a practice that looked very similar to the ones he's grown accustomed to.

It didn't hurt that Gus Malzahn, his former Springdale coach, is now Arkansas' offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach.

"It looks real familiar, a lot of it," Mustain said, cracking a smile. "Coach Malzahn is the exact same out here as he was in high school. And everything they have done is consistent with what we did (at Springdale)."

Wearing a T-shirt, sweat pants and a baseball cap, Mustain watched practice and spoke briefly with Nutt.

Mustain said he wanted to come to practice so he could see how the offense was adjusting to running Malzahn's new system. From what he saw, he was impressed.

"They look great. They look a lot better than what I expected," Mustain said.

Mustain, who signed with Arkansas on Feb. 1, will join the Razorbacks this upcoming season. But in the meantime, he said he's been training and lifting weights with former Springdale wide receivers Andrew Norman and Damian Williams, who each signed with Arkansas.

WR Monk Is Limited By Injury
Starting wide receiver Marcus Monk was limited in practice because of a pulled groin that caused him to run with a noticeable limp, Nutt said.

Monk, who said earlier this week that his legs were feeling sore, held his left thigh after he took part in a passing drill early in Thursday's practice.

Team trainers wrapped Monk's thigh and hip, but the junior appeared to be in obvious pain. He walked with a limp, and coaches decided to hold him out of some drills as a precaution.

"We just want him out here 15 days (during spring practices) where he doesn't miss anything," Nutt said. "And hopefully, he'll get 100 percent.

"It's not real bad, but he tweaked it enough to where it could have gotten worse."

Olajubutu Up For Another Award
Linebacker Sam Olajubutu was named Thursday to the Lott Trophy watch list, which is awarded annually to a defensive player who shows excellence on the football field and has an outstanding character.

It marked the second award that the 5-foot-9, 229-pound has been named a candidate for in the last month. Olajubutu was among the 44 players who made the Lombardi Award watch list on March 7. That trophy is given to the nation's top down lineman or defensive player who lines up within five yards of the football.

"It's a great honor just to be considered," Olajubutu said.

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