Nutt Likes Hogs' Practice Tempo

FAYETTEVILLE -- Even as Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring spoke loudly and intensely to his players after Tuesday's practice, coach Houston Nutt complimented the team.

"We had a good practice," Nutt said. "We played extremely fast and everyone had great listening skills."

The Razorbacks will work again today and Thursday on campus before practicing in the Georgia Dome on Friday for Saturday's SEC Championship game against Florida in Atlanta.

"Reggie has one speed, guys," Nutt said, referring to Herring's motivational roaring inside the Walker Pavilion. "That's what I love about him. He doesn't have hobbies.

"Every head coach loves a defensive coordinator like Reggie Herring, because it's football, football and football."

Hogs cornerback Darius Vinnett, asked about the mini-tirade, grinned and said, "That's just Reggie Herring being intense. It's normal. He's been that way since his first meeting with us."

Vinnett, who hails from the New Orleans area, said he was thrilled at the chance to play in the Sugar Bowl in the Superdome -- Arkansas' reward if it beats Florida.

"I've always wanted to play there, but didn't get the chance in high school," Vinnett said. "It's just a real blessing to be in this position, with an opportunity."

Nutt said both Casey Dick and Mitch Mustain looked sharp at quarterback on Tuesday, and that the Hogs had put in routes for freshman receivers Damian Williams, London Crawford and Ben Cleveland.

Dick is coming off his worst passing game against No. 5 LSU, but Nutt said the sophomore has bounced back well in practice.

"That's the first time we really got stoned in the passing game," offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said. "This week we've really focused on getting other guys involved in the passing game. Both Casey and Mitch were extremely focused today."

Malzahn added, "We've been saying all along that we have two starters (at quarterback) and we can win with both of them. We'll play whoever gives us the best chance. You may see one or both. We'll see how it goes."

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