Houston Nutt said Arkansas continues to practice with high concentration and intensity, but he indicated for the first time after Wednesday's practice that junior fullback Peyton Hillis would not play against Florida.
Hillis has not practiced since he injured the thigh against Tennessee. The injury was severe enough that he was hospitalized over night. Nutt said, "Peyton will not play Saturday."
As for preparations for Saturday's game with Florida, Nutt said, "We had a great day and we need two more good days. We've got a great opportunity to win an outright title. Our players are excited. We came in the front door. We won the SEC West. That's the first time we've come in through the front door. Last time, we were just happy to be there. This time, we are going there to win a championship. We are going with a purpose."
Nutt said he senses a hunger as the Hogs head to Atlanta.
"We won 10 straight games," he said. "We were not used to the feeling of losing and our guys didn't like it. They are a little more hungry, there is a hunger in them this week. They came to practice hungry and we are going to Atlanta to give it a great fight."
Nutt said quarterback Casey Dick had another solid day of practice.
Defensive coordinator Reggie Herring sees the same thing.
"The Gators want us to show up and be the warmup for their bowl game," Herring said. "I've got news for them. They are going to see an excited bunch of Razorbacks in Atlanta.
"We are preparing for it and want to bring home a championship. We are excited to be playing one more time. We are ready. We are mentally ready."
Herring said part of that mental edge should be credited to team captain Sam Olajubutu. He said the outside linebacker has the Hogs fired up to play in his homestate. Olajubutu hails from LaGrange, Ga.
"I'm worried that Sam is going to come out of the locker room wearing only a jock strap and is going out on the field in the Dome because he's taht focused," Herring said. "Sam is ready. He's going home.
"Sam is the leader of this team. He plays with great heart and he's the man who sets the tempo. This is a game that has a lot of intangibles. The intangibles are the reason you play the game. The team with the best players don't always win the game.
"We are a team. We play as a team. People talk about Darren McFadden and he's a great one. But he's not the reason we are 10-2. The reason is we play as a team. You can't measure the human spirit."
Olajubutu thinks the Hogs are ready, too.
"Everyone is excited," Olajubutu said. "I think we'll play well there in the Dome."
Olajubutu gives a lot of credit to his coaches.
"When you consider that we've had a lot of injuries and we still go out and play well each game, you have to say our coaches have helped find guys to step up and they have gotten them prepared to play," Olajubutu said. "Our coaches have done a great job."
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