Hogs Complete Busy Weekend

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas' football team capped what coach Houston Nutt called a "full weekend" by having a one-hour afternoon practice without pads on Sunday.

"Our guys did a nice job of hosting 14 recruits and their families this weekend," Nutt said. "With no students around, they got to see us practice, and eat and sleep football. We had quite a few commitments." Nutt termed the outdoor workout "a good mental day," with emphasis on the kicking game. Toward the end of practice, Arkansas' defense worked against Wisconsin's offensive schemes, while the Hogs' offense worked against what the Badgers do defensively. Arkansas, No. 12, meets No. 6 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl at noon Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla. Nutt continued to alternate quarterbacks Casey Dick and Mitch Mustain in practice, as the Hogs offensive staff has done since bowl preparations began 10 days ago. "Both are going to get a lot of good work and we're gonna play the best guy," Nutt said. Asked what would determine that, Nutt answered, "Who's the most accurate, moves the team and makes first downs, throws it to our guys consistently and gets us in the right play. Both are competing very hard." While acknowledging that Dick was "the last guy to start" (against Florida in the SEC Championship Game), Nutt said, "We want both at their best, no one taking the job for granted. Having two guys competing is a very healthy situation, and they're doing a great job." Nutt said Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden, Arkansas' sophomore tailback, was a bit sore after doing more than expected in Saturday's practice. "His high ankle sprain and Achilles tendon (strain) is a tough combination, but he heals so fast," Nutt said. The Razorbacks (10-3) will practice on campus each day through Thursday, then break for the Christmas holidays and assemble in Orlando on Christmas night. "We'll have two more good, hard days here," Nutt said. "In fact, we'll be in full pads Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday." INJURY REPORT Junior fullback Peyton Hillis, who underwent a procedure that broke up some scar tissue in his knotted thigh over the weekend, still limped Sunday but went through some limited drills. "He's a lot better," Nutt said. "Our trainer, Dean Weber, is doing everything he can. But Peyton is still not full-speed." Hogs tailbacks' McFadden (high ankle sprain, Achilles tendon strain) and Jones (tender ankle) took part in the light workout without pads. Jones' ankle is improving and he took more snaps than McFadden. Freshman receiver London Crawford (minor wrist ailment) also got some spring practice-type work, Nutt said.

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