Friday Morning Practice Report

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt thinks the grind of two-a-days has caught up with his team, and looks for improvement before Saturday night's scrimmage.

Arkansas worked for about 90 minutes Friday morning in the cool of Walker Pavilion. Houston Nutt said it was a good practice, and better than Thursday's afternoon workout.

"They are hitting the wall, just like you always see in two-a-days," Nutt said. "We asked them to concentrate more on their mental assignments. Yesterday afternoon we had some busts on both sides of the ball. We want them to carry out all their assignments and that's what we are looking for today."

Nutt said the Hogs would have a shortened afternoon practice Friday, and noted that it would be moved up to 2:15 p.m., and would finish early. He wants the Hogs fresh for Saturday night's scrimmage in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

"We haven't decided whether or not we'll work in the morning Saturday," Nutt said. "A lot of that will depend on how they do today. We might not do much if anything Saturday morning, but I want to see about today's work first."

Nutt said the scrimmage will be a bit different than the one Wednesday. The Hogs focused on the two-minute drill and starting possessions in the red zone.

"We'll go to the minus 20 more in this scrimmage," he said. "We'll just put the ball down and see if we can put together some drives. We will still do some situational things, like see if we can put the ball at the minus 1 and move it off of our goal line. Also, we'll look at the two-minute drill again."

Nutt said fans attending the scrimmage may not see much of the veterans.

"Guys like Jermaine Brooks, Raymond House and Fred Talley ... they aren't going to get much," he said. "We want to look at some others that haven't been there as much and see what our freshmen ... guys like Vickiel Vaughn, Desmond Sims, Sam Olajubutu, Marcus Whitmore, Dedrick Poole, Brandon Kennedy and some of the others ... we want to see how much they know."

Justin Scott will likely sit out the weekend work. He sustained what is believed to be a minor knee strain. He did not practice Friday morning.

"We think it's a strain, but he's getting evaluated today," Nutt said.

The Hogs are likely to practice Sunday afternoon, but may take Monday off since it's the first day of classes at the UofA. Hence, today's double workouts could be the last of two-a-days, unless Nutt decides his squad needs a refresher Saturday morning before the scrimmage.

Nutt said the evening workout Saturday will begin at 6 p.m., and will last no more than one hour. Fans are to sit on the West stands.

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