Thursday Grid Update, 10/19

Arkansas completed the tough part of workouts as the Hogs welcome Ole Miss to the Ozarks for an SEC battle.

Reggie Fish was confirmed again as the punt returner, but there was little else of significance Thursday as Arkansas put the wraps on the game plan for this week's SEC battle with Ole Miss.

"We had a good day today," Houston Nutt said. "We spent a lot of time on special teams. (Ole Miss) special teams make a lot of plays. They have the best punt block team in the conference. They have blocked a lot of punts this year, probably the most in the SEC. They put a lot of fast people on their punt block team and come after you."

Fish handled the punt return duties late in the Southeast Missouri game after Cedric Washington left with a concussion. Fish has been named the starter for that post this week.

"Reggie has worked real hard the last two weeks on that," Nutt said. "He's earned this job. This is the second week he's been real consistent (in catching them in practice)."

Nutt expressed confidence in quarterback Mitch Mustain after what he called a "good week of practice." The head coach said the true freshman "has played well this year. I have a lot of confidence in him. It takes a special freshman to start and play like this in this league."

Nutt said he expects another tough struggle this week.

"Ole Miss is very, very dangerous," Nutt said. "They've gotten better every week. The last three games -- against Georgia, Vanderbilt and Alabama -- they've gone toe-to-toe in the SEC. We know what to expect, a tough, hard-fought game."

The Hogs spent part of their offensive workout inside Walker Pavilion on what turned out to be a chilly day in the Ozarks.

"It's a place where we go sometimes on Thursday to get some focus and concentration," Nutt said. "There are fewer distractions in there."

The defense remained on the grass practice field throughout the Thursday workout.

The Hogs got corner Johnny Johnson back at practice on a limited basis on Thursday. Nutt said his ability to play would be determined at game time. Johnson has been out the last three weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery for loose cartilage.

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