Possible News Of Hillis Return Big

FAYETTEVILLE -- Perhaps the most encouraging news coming out of the Arkansas football practice Friday night was the update on Peyton Hillis.

Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt said it's possible the junior fullback could be ready to practice next week.

Hillis went to a medical clinic and had a procedure in which scar tissue was removed to aide in his mobility caused by a deep thigh bruise which has sidelined him since the Tennessee game Nov. 11.

"I know this, he's much better today," Nutt said. "Range of motion was good, I'm real excited about that. They were working him out as we practiced and maybe by next week we can get him back out on the field."

As has been reported, Hillis tried to practice Wednesday night, but only could go through around six or seven individual drills until the thigh starting causing him problems.

All-America tailback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden, still hindered by a high ankle sprain, also was missing from practice Friday night. However, he was just being rested.

Staying Focused

Nutt said he was proud of his team for its continued concentration on No. 6 Wisconsin, its opponent in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day.

In the aftermath of freshman wide receiver Damian Williams' decision to transfer earlier this week, things are getting back to normal.

Williams, one of the famed "Springdale Five," was the only one of four who signed with Arkansas to leave after one season.

Former Springdale teammates, redshirt wide receiver Andrew Norman, quarterback Mitch Mustain and tight end Ben Cleveland remain on the roster.

"I'll say this, Mitch Mustain and Ben Cleveland have had probably their very best practices as a Razorback the last two days," Nutt said. "I can tell a lot of adversity has been lifted off of them.

"Our players have done a good job, especially our seniors. They've just been great leaders this year. They've been so hungry and they want to do everything right, that's why they've won 10 games.

"We are trying to get to 11."

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