Arkansas will travel with defensive tackle Marcus Harrison and cornerback Darius Vinnett, but head coach Houston Nutt didn't tip his hand on their availability for Saturday's game with Auburn after finishing their on-campus work Thursday afternoon.
Harrison did manage to practice on Thursday, the criteria line coach Tracy Rocker said he'd use in making his decision on whether or not the junior three-year line starter could play against Auburn. In the portion of the workout before the media was ushered out and the gates locked, Harrison was moving fine in quick, strong bursts as the Hogs worked in shorts and helmets.
"He did a little bit," Nutt said of Harrison. "We'll take him on the trip."
Nutt said it wasn't clear what Harrison's availability would be against Auburn. He said they would wait and see on Vinnett's health, too.
"We'll travel those guys and we'll see when we get there," Nutt said. "It's hard to tell."
On Wednesday, defensive coordinator Reggie Herring said Vinnett's injury was day-to-day and that the corner would play when he was fully healed from minor knee surgery.
"Vinnett, he's one of those skilled guys, one of those guys who will dance when he can dance," Herring said. "I can't tell you when that's going to be. He's battling back from surgery. He still has some pain. When he thinks he can go, he'll go."
Running backs coach Danny Nutt was pleased with the week's work. He liked what he saw of tailback Darren McFadden along with the rest of the tailbacks.
"We are getting healthy finally at tailback," Nutt said. "Darren is pretty close to full speed. His feet looked VERY quick and his cuts were much sharper this week. I think Felix Jones and Michael Smith are right at 100 percent, too. Felix is over the back bruise. Michael has that hamstring all the way back, too.
"We need to get all of them touches this game. Darren is ready to go. I feel good about the tailbacks.
"At fullback, Peyton Hillis had a very good week. He looked like his old self. His thigh tightened up at the end of one of the workouts early in the week, but it's doing very well now. He's excited about this week."
Nutt said the Hogs had a "good mental day" on Thursday. He said the focus will need to be solid if the Hogs are to have a chance to win at Auburn.
"We really tried to emphasize that when you go on the road in the SEC, it takes everybody, every player concentrating," Nutt said. "It means every player that goes, all 70 on that sideline have to do their part. It means doing all the little things, carrying out a fake, taking the right first step and all the things in the special teams -- all of that comes into play."
The Hogs will depart for the airport at 10 a.m. Friday for a flight to Columbus, Ga., where the Hogs will quarter the night before the 11 a.m. Saturday game. The Hogs will have a light walk-through practice on Friday at a high school in Columbus and won't arrive at Auburn until Saturday morning.
"We'll have a 7 a.m. wakeup call, just like we do for an 11:30 a.m. game," Nutt said. "Our practice Friday won't be much. We'll walk through some plays."
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