Malzahn: Hogs Can Throw

FAYETTEVILLE — For those Arkansas fans who measure their football happiness by the number of times the football is in the air each game, help may be on the way.

Hogs offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, in his weekly post-practice meeting with reporters, prefaced a statement by saying, "You do whatever you have to do to win the game. The name of the game is winning."

But then he said, "I truly believe we can throw. There will be times we need to do that, and that will be game-specific."

Whether that time will come this week against Louisiana-Monroe (1-6) is open to question, but quarterback Mitch Mustain is doing his part to be ready.

"Mitch is protecting the football," Malzahn said. "He hasn't thrown an interception since the Alabama game."

In fact, Arkansas hasn't had a turnover in the past three games.

"Each game you get a little wiser and you get more comfortable," Malzahn said, referring to Mustain. "Each game dictates how much you need to throw. We haven't had to throw a whole lot in the last few games."

Fullback Peyton Hillis did catch six passes against Ole Miss last week — a development Mustain seemed to enjoy.

"Peyton opens up a whole set of stuff we can do," Mustain said. "He's versatile, powerful and he can get outside quick. A lot of people don't expect that from him."

Mustain said the ULM game gives Arkansas a chance to keep improving, but he said, "We don't want to look at it differently from any other game."

Nutt added, "It's a mindset. Louisiana-Monroe has a good offense, good skilled guys and they (might) fake every field goal, every punt. Today, we had a good start. We were extremely focused."

Green Bay Packers scout Alonzo Highsmith, a former college and NFL star, attended the workout.

Reggie Fish, Cedric Washington, Damian Williams and Hillis all took turns fielding punts Tuesday. Hillis and Washington have returned punts this season, but Fish handled the duties in Saturday's 38-3 win over Ole Miss.

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