One day after not getting the effort he wanted and three days away from a matchup with South Floirda in Little Rock, Houston Nutt came away from Wednesday's practice with a big smile on his face.
"They came to work today," Nutt said. "And on a day like Spet. 11, you ought to be coming to work with one thing on your mind, a smile on your face and being very thankful that all you have to do is go to school and come out here and practice. That's all we want ... just give us a day's work. That's why we were disappointed in yesterday's effort.
"...Today we had 24 good periods of good work and we weren't going to leave until we got it."
Unable to give Nutt that day of work on Wednesday was reserve cornerback Bo Mosely, who snatched up a punt blocked by Tony Bua and raced in for the first points of the season last Saturday night.
He is suffering from a pulled groin and Nutt said he may or may not play Saturday.
"I hope so," Nutt said. "But he did not practice at all today."
Starting linebacker Caleb Miller, who had two of his team's seven sacks on Saturday, is having trouble with his left arm, but "will be ready to go Saturday" according to Nutt.
Linebacker coach Bobby Allen said Miller could have returned to the game Saturday night against Boise State.
"He is really playing well," Allen said. "He's a special player. All of our linebackers ... and that goes for Caleb, Pierre Brown, Tony Bua, Jimarr Gallon and Jeb Huckeba and Clarke Moore in the middle, are playing well. They all graded out high. They love this scheme. They love to attack. It's a good scheme for them with their speed."
Reserve offensive lineman Jared Hicks also missed practice.
South Florida (2-0), who has scored 88 points in its first two games and given up just 17, will be trying to win its 9th straight game dating back to last season and certainly is hard to prepare for according to Nutt.
"You have to look at a lot of formations because of their offense and they have a defense that prowls around and is very athletic so you have to saty on your blocks longer," Nutt said. "Overall, just really proud of the day."
Arkansas will spend some of its Thursday lineup inside the Walker Pavilion, which features AstroPlay - the surface that is on War Memorial Stadium's floor.
"Because we used it every day during two-a-days, it's not that big a concern for us," Nutt said. "But we'll get a taste of it Thursday."