Arkansas QBs Get Mixed Reviews

FAYETTEVILLE — Houston Nutt was happy with Arkansas' defense on Thursday, but he gave the quarterbacks mixed reviews.

"Casey Dick did not have one of his better days," Nutt said. "But he's getting rid of the ball and throwing it on time.

Nathan Emert, Dick's walk-on backup from Shiloh Christian who sat out last season after transferring from Missouri Southern, already has a sore arm which limited him on Thursday.

"We're thankful Nathan is here," Nutt said. "But we'll have to be careful about how much we throw."

Today's practice will be shorter than the normal two hours, as the Hogs prepare for an 11 a.m. scrimmage on Saturday.

They had a quick-paced, situational drill in pads on Thursday, with third-and-5, third-and-8 plays and so on.

"Our defense moved around and played really fast," Nutt said. "We challenged them to get off the field. We're seeing improvement, and that's what spring ball is all about. Our wide receivers have really gotten better."

Marcus Monk, Marques Wade, London Crawford, Chris Baker and fullback Ben Cleveland all made nice catches, but Baker, Peyton Hillis and Reggie Fish each dropped one.

"Monk is really working hard," Nutt said. "Cleveland made two big third-down catches (including a one-hander)."

Nutt credited center Jonathan Luigs with "quarterbacking the line of scrimmage."

On the other side of the ball, Nutt noticed defensive ends Chris Wade and Malcolm Sheppard, and cornerbacks Matterral Richardson, Jerell Norton, Shedrick Johnson and Jamar Love.

"Our cornerbacks competed for the ball in the air," Nutt said. "When you lose a guy like Chris Houston, they'll have to come on."

Nutt said Jeremy Davis was leading at the punter position. With placekicker signee Alex Tejada only able to watch from the sidelines this spring, Davis also made three of four field goal tries on Wednesday.

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