Sunday Afternoon Grid Report, 8/18

With Marvin Jackson out for the season with a knee injury, Arkansas coach Houston Nutt used a Sunday afternoon workout to audition punt return candidates.

Arkansas worked for just a little over an hour in a padless practice to polish special teams and adding more of their plays on offense and defense.

"We got some conditioning in at the end," Houston Nutt said. "We got some heat today, and the guys were feeling it. We are going to get some heat this week and that's good.

"You walk a fine line between wanting a tough, physical practice with heat and keeping everyone going. This is a critical week. We add full pads on Monday and we are going to get some good heat. It's going to be a good week for the development of this football team.

"We looked at our punt returners at the start of practice with Marvin Jackson now out. We looked at Lawrence Richardson, Decori Birmingham and Dedrick Poole. All three looked good. We'll continue to look at them in scrimmages this week. But, we know if we need them, both George Wilson and Gerald Howard can catch them."

Nutt said the Hogs looked at some shotgun sets and some option plays out of those sets in practice.

"We've got a lot of our offense in, and we added a few more plays today," he said. "We had a good day."

Bo Lacy, who suffered a mild ankle sprain Saturday, practiced at near full speed and ran the conditioning drills without any problems.

Wide receiver Carlos Ousley sat out much of the work because of a sprained ligament on his right thumb. He had a cast on his hand.

"He'll miss a little time, but hopefully he'll be back pretty soon," Nutt said. "Bo looked good. He isn't going to have any trouble with that ankle, I don't think."

Reggie Banks arrived midway through practice. He watched in street clothes. He's been cleared to practice on Monday by the NCAA Clearing House, but will need a medical physical before taking the field.

"I don't know how long that will take, but I'm guessing he might be with us in the afternoon," Nutt said. "That helps our defensive line numbers. It is good to see him here."

Banks is a partial qualifier under NCAA standards, but can't play this year. He can join the team in practices after he takes his physical.

Nutt said he did not know when Jonathan Barry would make it through the clearing house.

"They are looking at a couple of courses," Nutt said. "He went to several high schools, and they are checking his transcript. It may still be a few more days on Jonathan.

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