Arkansas escaped its four newcomers-only workouts with no serious injuries, but freshman fullback Brandon Kennedy did have to leave the afternoon workout Tuesday after suffering from leg cramps.
Houston Nutt, the UA head coach, described the cramps as minor. He said he expected Kennedy to join his freshmen teammates Tuesday night when they sing the fight song in front of the varsity.
"We saw that he lost five pounds during the morning practice, and cautioned him about not taking enough fluids during the workout," Nutt said. "You can't wait until afterwards. You have to replenish all the time during practice and we make fluids available. He didn't drink enough. He can correct that, and we don't have practice again until Thursday."
The Hogs don't have any workouts Wednesday. The varsity undergoes physicals and meets with the media on Picture Day. The newcomers will be in orientation sessions on campus. Two-a-days resume on Thursday when the full squad begins workouts.
"We added a few more plays today and there were some mental assignments that were missed," Nutt said. "They are a little tired. It was a good set of four practices by our newcomers, though. I'm very pleased. I think Brandon Kennedy will be fine. He's been taking out every run the last four practices 35 yards in a sprint, and he burned up a lot of fluids."
Nutt said he was extremely pleased with the work of his two defensive linemen, Chase Pressley and Wes Murphy.
"To be honest, they are better than I thought as far as speed and quickness," Nutt said. "Those two have outstanding quickness ... more than I anticipated. We are pleased with both of them."
The Hogs worked indoors for both Tuesday practices when thunderstorms hit the Fayetteville area dumping heavy doses of rain. The practice field was soggy and was not available for the afternoon workout.
Frank Broyles, the UA athletic director, visited the afternoon workout after returning from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he underwent prostate surgery on Friday.
"He's something else," Nutt said of his 77-year-old boss. "That's the warrior mentality that he has that he would come to practice. He looked good to me. He's just back from surgery and he came to practice."
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