Wednesday Grid Update, 11/22

The time is running our for fullback Peyton Hillis if he is going to play against LSU. The junior running back was still unable to practice Wednesday.

Arkansas worked for 70 minutes Wednesday in a light workout that head coach Houston Nutt called "very good." Nutt said it was another solid day of concentration, just about what the Hogs have had every week during a 10-game winning streak.

"It's a short, short week, but our guys have really concentrated," Nutt said. "We are trying to get ready to play a very, very talented team. I can see why (LSU) is the number one defensive team in the country. They have excellent athletes. They have big guys who can fly."

Nutt said the LSU offense is centered around quarterback LaMarcus Russell. He called the 6-6, 256-pound Russell one of the nation's best.

"You don't see anyone rattle him," Nutt said. "He is very, very talented and they have big, physical wide receivers."

The Hogs are still trying to figure out who they will have for the Friday game with LSU.

Outside linebacker Matt Hewitt, slowed last week with a sprained knee, is listed as doubtful after "tweaking" the same knee in Wednesday's workout.

Defensive coordinator Reggie Herring said Hewitt will "try to play, but we don't know how long he can go. We said he'll play, but we just wonder about his endurance with that knee."

Fullback Peyton Hillis has not practiced in two weeks after sustaining a bruised thigh against Tennessee. He spent Wednesday's workout in the training room. Nutt said he is "very, very, very doubtful."

Herring said the rest of his defense is ready to go. He said outside linebacker Sam Olajubutu is playing with a "small tear in a knee ligament," but he knows what to expect from his defensive leader.

"Others might not go out there with a tear in a knee ligament, but Sam won't stay off the field for us," Herring said. "He's going to give us everything he has. Some might worry about a pro career. He doesn't say a word. I'm not sure he's even telling us if he's hurting. He's going to ignore us and just play."

Nutt said, "I wish we had all of our players. I wish we had Michael Grant and I wish we knew we were going to have Peyton Hillis. They would help our team in a lot of areas. But we've just got to have guys step up."

Nutt said both Mitch Petrus and Farod Jackson, the backups at fullback, have had solid practices.

"Those two are getting better and they are ready to go," Nutt said. "Mitch is learning and he understands things a little better every week.

"We would like to have Peyton, though. He's been a great blocker all year. He has such quick feet, he can get through the hole and doesn't get tripped. He's so good in our motion game and with our counters.

"We are playing a very good defense, very physical. We just have to play with great pad level and do a better job of sustaining our blocks."

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