Monday Afternoon Grid Report, 8/19

Arkansas' defense held the upper hand as the football team put on full pads for a brief scrimmage Monday afternoon.

Arkansas scrimmaged for 25 plays, with the defense dominating. There were no points, although Tarvaris Jackson did engineer one mini drive that could have put the offense in field goal range.

"Our defense was moving around and came to play," Houston Nutt said. "I'm anxious to see the film and see what the defensive line was doing, but I know our secondary and linebackers were making plays.

"Our secondary played very well. Eddie Jackson is having a great fall camp. Our other corners, Batman Carroll and Lawrence Richadson were really good today. I know we have some great corners, and they played well today. We may be a little undersized, but our linebackers, Caleb Miller and Jeb Huckeba, are making plays. I'm anxious to see the defensive line because I think they played pretty well, too."

Nutt said the quarterbacks had some good moments, although they did not produce any points. He said Tarvaris Jackson looked good in the pocket and might have fared better had there not been a couple of drops. Nutt praised Matt Jones for moving the chains on third and eight and third and four.

Dedrick Poole took a hit on his wrist that will require x-rays. The early diagnosis was a sprained wrist. Otherwise there were no injuries. The good news on that play was the blow delivered by Sam Olajubutu, a form tackle that caused Poole's injury.

"Sam Olajubutu plays the game right," Nutt said. "That was a great tackle. He's been taught the right way to play. He comes ready to play, and he showed up today. We moved him to middle linebacker. He gets around blocks and gets to the ball carrier. He has the knack of finding the ball, and he found Dedrick today."

The Hogs began the first period with a one-one-one drill that featured tackling to the ground. Then, later, Nutt moved part of the team inside for middle drill while the QBs, WRs and DBs worked outside in pass skeleton.

"Our players were excited to put the pads on and play the game," he said. "That's what I know about this bunch is that they always love to play the game."

Fred Talley sat out the afternoon workout with a sore shoulder, but Brandon Holmes returned to drills after missing the morning workout with a sore hamstring. Trainer Dean Weber announced that offensive tackle Jared Hicks would miss a few weeks with arthroscopic knee surgery. 

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