Wednesday Practice Report, 9/4

Arkansas appears to be healthy for the season opener Saturday versus Boise State.

Arkansas spent 75 minutes on the field Wednesday in a practice designed to polish the game plan and make sure the squad knows the assignments in the game plan.

"We had a good mental day," said Houston Nutt. "Our guys are a little nervous because they are ready to play the game. I think we are going to put a good team on the field that is ready to play. We need to hit someone else."

Freshman fullback Brandon Kennedy, who turned an ankle three days ago, partially practiced and is coming along where he may be able to play Saturday. He is listed as the backup fullback behind Mark Pierce.

Arkansas will be in pretty good shape physically for the game with senior tailback Fred Talley returning to practice again. Talley had been fighting a virus early in the week, and also sustained a partially separated shoulder early in two-a-days. He was withheld from most contact in two-a-days, but has been cleared to play in the opener. However, Cedric Cobbs is listed as the starter.

Look for DeArrius Howard to have a good game if he gets enough reps behind Cedric Cobbs and maybe Talley. The Hogs also have depth at tailback with Brandon Holmes and Kyle Dickerson, along with true freshman Dedrick Poole. Poole has spent most of the last two weeks at wide receiver, but knows the tailback plays.

Josh Melton, returning from knee surgery to repair cartilage damage, practiced again Wednesday, but is not expected to play in the opener. He is listed behind Dan Doughty and Kyle Roper at center.

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