Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

UA players react to their performance and their coaches pitching a fit after a Saturday night Pro-Style Thud that is less than impressive just two weeks before hosting USC in the season opener at Reynolds Razorback Stadium

As Saturday night's Pro-Style Thud was going along at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, University of Arkansas quarterback Robert Johnson wasn't aware his coaches were fuming.

"Not really, but once you got in here you could sense it pretty good," Johnson said.

Indeed Johnson and other Razorbacks noted that UA head coach Houston Nutt and his assistants read them the riot act after Saturday night's workout.

"He made it clear that we have to be better Monday," Johnson said. "We have had bad practices twice in a row. It was probably a lack of focus, but we have got to put it behind us."

Monday is when the next practice is scheduled, but Johnson - who was 7-of-10 for 65 yards and a score on Saturday - said the wrath of his coaches on the team makes him not take anything for granted.

"So far it's still our next practice, but things change around here," Johnson said.

"We did a few things good, but it doesn't matter because one or two bad plays could change the game around at any time," Johnson said. "There were some things we did good, some we did bad - we have got to improve."

Junior running back Peyton Hillis was saying the same thing after the event was over. - which did not include tackling and was scored as a 54-8 win by the Red Team (varsity and scout offense) over the White (varsity and scout defense).

"I could sense a little quiet and it being just one of those days where you didn't want to be out there, but you had to be," Hillis said. " I think everybody felt that way, and it showed."

But Hillis admits he was surprised to see Nutt go off in the meeting room afterwards.

"I was a little bit surprised by his whole reaction," Hillis said. "But now that I look back on it, we were lackadaisical and shouldn't have been. I don't blame him at all.

"I am sure we are a little worn out and feeling sorry for ourselves, but we shouldn't be," Hillis added. "We have got to stop thinking that way and get mentally tough."

Redhirting transfer Nathan Emert threw two touchdown passes, Johnson one while running backs Felix Jones and Hillis both scored once in an event that was abbreviated because of lightning.

Marques Wade and Chris Baker hauled in touchdown passes, Reggie Fish took a 15-yard reverse for a score, Antwain Robinson returned a pass 45 yards for a score, Sammy Olajubutu recorded a safety and the rest of the scoring came on 6-out-of 10 field goal kicking. "It's time to just put this behind us and get back to work," Hillis said. "USC will be here before you know it and we can't afford to have any more bad days."


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