Hogs Go Through Short, Situational Practice

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas' football practice Friday didn't last long, but Razorbacks' coach Houston Nutt said his team turned in another solid practice.

"We really tried to have a mental ... practice," Nutt said. "I thought we did really good."

The Razorbacks practiced for just more than an hour in shorts and shoulder pads, going through two-minute drill situations, substitutions and other situational scenarios.

"(We're) just trying to teach everybody to know when to get out of bounds, how to stop the clock, something that simple," Nutt said. "I think you try to cover everything. You try to cover every situation, everything that could possibly happen."

The Razorbacks will go through a game-rehearsal practice today, returning to full pads while going through more situational drills in a workout that is totally closed to media and fans.

Nutt said today's practice will be more extensive, saying the Razorbacks will go through "all those little things that you sometimes take for granted."

The Razorbacks will also practice Sunday before taking Monday off.

The situational practices are important, Nutt said, but there is still plenty of work to do before Arkansas opens its season a week from today at Razorback Stadium.

"The key is that everybody knows what to do," he said. "It doesn't do you any good to have a long line of guys that don't execute and don't follow through.

"They all executed (Friday) and now we've got to keep polishing."

A day after being named the starting kicker, sophomore Stephen Arnold turned in a perfect day, including making a 34-yarder and a 33-yarder in simulations of the last play of the half and game.

"He did good," Nutt said. "He made every one."

Nutt said after the practice that he expected freshman linebacker Chip Gregory, who the coaching staff had expected to play before he suffered a shoulder injury, would likely redshirt.

"We're going to try to," Nutt said. "That's probably the best thing right now but it's still early so let's just wait and see what happens."

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