Thursday Grid Update, 11/30

Arkansas is done with its heavy work and is ready to fly to Atlanta to play Florida in the Georgia Dome for the SEC championship

Arkansas wrapped up its on-campus preparation for the SEC Championship game with a spirited workout of around one hour, 15 minutes Thursday. After the practice, coach Houston Nutt expressed his thanks for the Razorbacks' indoor field — Walker Pavilion — during such harsh weather.

"Thank goodness for the indoor practice facility," Nutt said. "There's nothing like it. We appreciate the Walker family. This is awesome. "Plus, we're going to play in a dome (in Atlanta), so this really helps."

One of the biggest stories to come out of Razorbacks camp Thursday was news that tailback Darren McFadden and offensive tackle Tony Ugoh had both been named to all-American teams. McFadden has been named first-team by both the American Football Coaches Association, as well as by Ugoh was a second-team selection by and Nutt said the senior offensive linemen was well-serving of the recognition.

"(Tony) has been outstanding," Nutt said. "I've just been real proud of him. This year, he's really turned it on."

Backfield coach Danny Nutt also praised McFadden for his first of many postseason honors.

"It's just practice," Danny Nutt said. "He comes ready to work and is so prepared."

With fullback Peyton Hillis not expected to play Saturday against Florida, Danny Nutt also praised the work of Farrod Jackson and Mitch Petrus at the position.

"Pretty much all year Peyton has been banged up, but Farrod and Mitch have really worked hard," Nutt said. "They've really stepped up and I'm counting on both of them."

Danny Nutt also said freshman Ben Cleveland has been getting looks at fullback and is looking good there.

When asked about Florida, coach Houston Nutt said the Gators are similar to LSU in many ways, especially on defense.

"LSU may be stronger a little on the inside," Nutt said. "But Florida's ends and secondary, great speed. They can fly around and they've been the backbone of their season."

Nutt also said the seniors did a great job this week helping to put the LSU loss quickly behind them.

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