Perhaps it was the light at the end of the tunnel for the Arkansas players, but Thursday's workout was one of their best of the spring.
The Hogs worked for a little over 90 minutes Thursday on the sun-basked practice fields in shorts. Afterwards, they moved inside Walker Pavilion to demonstrate some drills for the high school coaches clinic.
The Hogs will not practice Friday. All that's left of this spring is the 15th workout slated for 6 p.m. Saturday night in the form of a spring scrimmage.
"We really flew around today," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "It was one of our best days. Maybe having all the high school coaches here to watch excited our players. Maybe it was the end of the spring. We really moved around and did some good things today. Our players got after it."
Nutt said the Hogs will divide the squad into ones and twos for the sake of the scrimmage. The ones will wear red and the twos (and the rest) will be in white.
"We won't let anyone tackle Darren McFadden and Peyton Hillis, but everyone else will be open to contact," Nutt said. "We will go about 60 plays and we'll throw in some situations to get some work on a lot of different things. We'd do more, but we are thin."
The thin nature of the squad is mostly on defense where coordinator Reggie Herring will hold out "four or five" defensive starters because of injuries.
"We just can't afford any more injuries," he said. "At this point, it's about getting this bunch to the fall healthy. We won't let Michael Grant, Freddie Fairchild or Weston Dacus practice. We have a lot of defensive tackles out, too.
"Don't come Saturday night and try to form any opinions on what our defense is going to be like in the fall. We just have too many second teamers out there right now. We will be very basic and vanilla as far as blitzes in this scrimmage. Some of the guys who will be out there with the twos just don't know it well enough for us to turn them loose with everything.
"But it is going to be an important practice for several players trying to earn playing time in the fall. We are looking hard at Jamar Love, Jerrell Norton and Ramon Broadway at corner. They are trying to earn our trust so they can play. All of them have done some good things, but have been inconsistent. Broadway has come out of nowhere the last few days."
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