Nutt Continues To Be Happy With Bowl Preparat

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt tucked a football under his right arm and approached the media with wide eyes and a bright smile Saturday afternoon in the Walker Pavilion.

Clearly, he was happy to talk about his team's continued preparation for No. 6 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day.

He couldn't quit talking about how much he enjoyed the effort, concentration and dedication his ballclub -- especially the younger members -- has demonstrated the past few days.

And he needed no prompting.

"We had a very good practice today," Nutt said. "We had about the same format as yesterday (Friday). We put a little more emphasis on Wisconsin and scrimmaged our young guys again."

Then he proceeded to reel off a few names.

"I'll tell ya, DeMarcus Love, Joey Crossland, Ray Dominguez, uh, Nate Garner, Lance Thompson," Nutt said. "Boy, they were outstanding today."

Nutt paused and reeled off more names.

"Malcolm Sheppard, Chris Wade, Mark Bonner," he said. "Wendel and Adrian Davis really showed up today. They love football and that's what you love about it.

"They come to practice."

Apparently, so does All-America tailback and Heisman Trophy runner-up, Darren McFadden, who missed Friday night's workout because 1) he's still nursing a high-ankle sprain and 2) he was hosting a recruit this weekend.

"He (McFadden) got some good run polish, got some good team," Nutt said. "Probably a little more sore than what we were led to believe. Darren doesn't tell us nothing. He's always fine.

"He likes to practice."

Nutt said he didn't know the status of junior fullback Peyton Hillis, who went to a medical clinic Friday 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 haven't checked with him today," Nutt said. "I'm about to do that right now."

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