The Hogs donned shorts and shoulder pads for a brief hour and fifteen minute workout this evening. After about half an hour of drills on the practice fields, Arkansas ventured to the friendly confines of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback stadium to get a feel for performing under the lights.
The majority of the time inside was devoted to pass skel. All three quarterbacks looked sharp. Matt Jones was impressive, but took a limited number of snaps. He did step in at receiver for a few plays and even made a nice reception on a fifteen yard out from Tarvaris Jackson.
One of the highlights of the workout came from walk-on receiver Tom Crowder snared a touchdown pass from Ryan Sorahan with Eddie Jackson draped all over him. The QBs really spread the ball around to the different receivers, including the tight ends and running backs.
Coach Mike Markuson lead the offensive linemen through some intense pass blocking drills, focusing on footwork and assignments.
Houston Nutt was pleased with the workout, and with the condition of the stadium grass. He praised the Hogs turf specialist.
"Pat (Berger) has done a remarkable job on our field," Nutt said. "Our guys hadn't been in here in a while, so they're really anxious to get in this beautiful stadium. The grounds crew made everything perfect."
Nutt expressed his excitement over the news of increased ticket sales for the 2002 season, but still desired to have a sellout for his Razorbacks.
"I really want to thank our fans," Nutt said. "Coach Broyles told me today that we're one million dollars ahead of where they were this time last year in ticket sales. But I'm kind of greedy. I still want a sellout. I'd like for every seat to be taken. Everybody go tell your friends and neighbors to go buy a ticket and come watch these guys play. They have worked very hard and deserve your support. We want to have a big time, loud stadium for this group."
With the depth chart for the September 7, Boise State game being released today Nutt felt confident in the placement of players at new positions and explained his reasons for moving some guys around.
"We're trying to get our best on the field," Nutt said. "We want the best speed, the best athletes, the best fundamental, technician type guys. I feel like Raymond House could go in and really give us some solid technician work as far as going against some guys. He's probably a bit quicker than some bigger guards and tackles. Raymond will be mostly at guard, over the nose guard. Here's what's greathe can always go back to end and he knows that. He's tough and he's been pretty solid over the past four years."