Razorback Newcomers Finish First Day of Practice

The 2002 Arkansas freshmen football class finished their first day on the practice field with an hour and a half workout behind Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Monday afternoon.

Razorback head coach Houston Nutt was pleased with the group's effort for the first day of practice and noted the play of several newcomers.

"Everybody had a great attitude today, everything was just perfect," Nutt said. "We will add a little bit more each day and I'm sure things will get fuzzier to them. The thing that you love to see is a lot of big bodies on the offensive and defensive lines. They are probably not ready to play right now, but you know that we got the right players."

Nutt noted the athleticism of several of the freshmen, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

"We have got a lot of speed out there. Guys like (strong safety) Vickiel Vaughn, (free safety) Desmond Sims and John Jackson made some exceptional plays today," Nutt said. "Jackson has tremendous speed. He closed the gap on a couple of routes where he made up some ground in a hurry. John can play."

The Razorback newcomers will continue practice Tuesday at 9 a.m. and again at 3:45 p.m. before the varsity reports Tuesday afternoon.

Arkansas will practice as a full team Thursday and begin full pads practices next Monday.

The Razorbacks kickoff the 2002 campaign Saturday, Sept. 7, against the Boise State Broncos at 6 p.m. at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.


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