Hogs Begin Working On Wildcat Formation

FAYETTEVILLE -- A familiar formation showed up in Arkansas' football practice Monday, and Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said it certainly won't be the last time, either.

The Razorbacks' offense worked a majority of their time with the popular Wildcat formation, a play that gave Arkansas plenty of offensive success last season. For the most part Monday, junior-to-be tailback Darren McFadden took the most snaps from the quarterback position in the formation, either running for big gains or throwing deep to receivers. But junior tailback Felix Jones and senior fullback Peyton Hillis also had several opportunities to run the play, and both seemed to have a fair amount of success with it, Nutt said. "Seemed like (the players) hadn't forgot (the play), they knew where to line up," Nutt said. "I thought Darren McFadden, Felix and Peyton did a nice job with ball handling." Sophomore tailback Michael Smith, who was also used in the formation on Monday, will get chances to be involved in the formation in the future, Nutt said. "It's (a play) that we're used to, we've been running it since last year," McFadden said. "It throws a strain on the defense, so we like running it." Last season alone, McFadden completed 7 of 9 passes for 69 yards and 3 touchdowns out of the Wildcat formation, which helped him become the runner-up for last year's Heisman Trophy. Nutt Disappointed With Effort Although several players are still bruised and sore after Saturday's second spring scrimmage, Nutt didn't see the kind of effort that he would have liked during Monday's practice. In fact, Nutt called the practice session -- mainly for the offensive players -- the worst he's seen since spring practices began more than two weeks ago. "We started out pretty good, but we didn't finish up the way we needed to," Nutt said. "There are still some things we're installing, still some things we're doing -- it's about coming out here with an attitude to buckle up both chin straps and try to get better." The Razorbacks' recent lack of effort could also be because it's the last week of spring practices, Nutt said. "That could be the case," Nutt said. "But we're going to do a better job as coaches (today) to get it out of them." Extra Points * Junior center Jonathan Luigs and senior wide receiver Marcus Monk both missed Monday's practice because of school projects that had to get completed Monday afternoon, Nutt said. * Hillis wore a green jersey on Monday, so that he wouldn't get tackled during plays. Hillis suffered a few minor kidney bruises in Saturday's spring scrimmage, but it shouldn't be a factor for him in the future, Nutt said. Hillis is the first Arkansas player this spring to wear the no-contact, green jersey. * Senior defensive tackle Marcus Harrison will undergo surgery today to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament that he suffered the first week of spring practice.

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