FAYETTEVILLE — Maybe Saturday wasn't so bad.
After admitting he was "disappointed" in the Razorback offense's struggles after a Saturday afternoon scrimmage, Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said Monday that perhaps the scrimmage wasn't as bad as he initially thought.
"Sometimes coming off the field you feel a little worse than what it actually is," Nutt said after practice Monday. "It's always been that way, though."
But there was still room for improvement, and that may only come with time.
The Razorback offense has struggled noticeably in spring practice with the new playbook, which has been basically rewritten by first-year offensive coordinator David Lee.
Quarterback Casey Dick completed just 4-of-7 passes for 16 yards and two interceptions in Saturday's scrimmage. The offense also struggled with pass protection, Nutt said.
"I knew it was going to be rough on the offense," said running back Darren McFadden, who broke away for a pair of would-be touchdowns in the scrimmage.
"We've got a really experienced defense and they're going to come with a lot of hard-nosed plays. With the offensive line being young and having some inexperienced players, we knew it would take some time to get going."
In response to the struggles, the Razorbacks have decided to put a halt to the continued installment of the revamped offense, concentrating instead on fine-tuning the schemes already in place, Nutt said.
Arkansas scrimmaged nearly 70 plays Monday and showed a noticeable improvement, as Dick and backup quarterback Nathan Emert connected on numerous lengthy completions while receiving more protection from the blockers up front.
"After the guys watched the film, they got excited, saw there was improvement to be made and came out onto the field and got it done," Nutt said. "(The scrimmage) showed that the defense is competing and playing hard and is a little bit ahead of the offense, but we expected that. But it's close, and the protection was really moving along today."
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