Monday Grid Update, 12/18

Physical practices caught up with Arkansas at Monday's workout in Walker Pavilion.

Arkansas continued with a phsyical mindset at practice Monday and it cost the Hogs a couple of players when Marcus Shavers left with a broken foot and Marques Wade was sidelined with a minor concussion.

"We banged around each other pretty hard today and it was a very good workout," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "I hate that we lost players. Hopefully, Marcus isn't hurt too badly and the concussion doesn't keep Marques out long."

The Hogs moved inside Walker Pavilion yet again when mist and cooler temperatures hit for the afternoon workout. The Hogs worked in the afternoon after spending the morning in the weight room.

Arkansas plans two more practices in full pads Tuesday and Wednesday before winding down bowl preparations with a lighter workout Thursday morning.

"We had a good workout today," said Nutt, who got a contract extension earlier in the day.

"We worked hard on Wisconsin and we scrimmaged some of the younger guys at the end of the day.

"I hate it for Marcus Shavers because he's our third tackle. He's gotten some very beneficial work and he was really getting better."

Nutt said both quarterbacks, Casey Dick and Mitch Mustain, had good days. The concentration on the passing game was heavy, as it's been for several days.

"We are getting better," Dick said. "We have worked very hard on our throwing game. We are trying to get in a position where we can read coverages and the wideouts and the quarterbacks are doing it together.

"We lost Damian Williams so we are working hard to get a look at that next guy and I can tell you that both Robert Johnson and Cedric Washington are doing well."

Johnson and Washington are splitting time with no hint as to who will start.

"I figure it will be a game-time announcement," Johnson said over who will start at flanker.

"We are both just trying to get better. It's been fun. We are both relaxed and competing hard for the job. I think it's about the same way as what is happening at quarterback. I see both Casey and Mitch being relaxed and fighting hard.

"The receivers are trying to get better at route running and also reading routes. We are trying to gain the quarterback's confidence and you do that by being consistent in practice."

Mustain said, "All of us are getting better and more confident. I think we have done a lot of throwing in the last couple of weeks."

Dick said the workouts in the last seven days have been very similar to what he experienced in spring drills.

"I'd say very similar to that," Dick said. "We've done a lot of one on one and a lot of contact. I think we are getting better every day. All of us have improved. I know the quarterbacks have improved."

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