Robinson Back On The Field, Harrison Back
Junior end Antwain Robinson returned to the practice field and seemed unbothered by a sore knee that kept him out of Saturday's scrimmage and practices on Thursday, Friday and Monday. Senior Marcus Harrison took part in more drills than in any other practice throughout preseason camp.
And intriguingly, Harrison participated in more snaps at end than his primary position of tackle. The 307-pounder, who tore his ACL in the spring, will work at left end in the near future, defensive line coach Tracy Rocker said.
"We're just glad to have him back," Rocker said. "He's a guy on defense that we need, and he's a leader. He brings maximum effort every time he's out there.
"We're going to work him at end and see what he can do."
Robinson was back at practice, but was not back at his starting position. Chris Wade, the other projected starter at defensive end, was still out with a concussion. So the starting ends at Tuesday's practice were freshman Donnell Sanders and sophomore Adrian Davis.
Rocker and defensive coordinator Reggie Herring have been disappointed with the consistency shown by Robinson in preseason camp.
Robinson said he felt fresh and ready to earn back his spot after the minor injury.
"It's all better now. I don't even know how it happened," Robinson said. "But it's not swollen anymore. I'm glad to be back out here. I'm just going to go out, play hard on every play and try to get every assignment right. You know, just try to do the same things I was doing when I was in the starting spot."
Tuck Pushing For Role
Three times Tuesday, freshman wide receiver Crosby Tuck made catches that had several Arkansas coaches shouting their approval. In a 7-on-7-type drill, the Shiloh Christian graduate lunged low to snag a pass from Casey Dick.
Then, in a scrimmage situation, Tuck came up with two key receptions in traffic off throws from Dick. From the sounds of comments from Nutt and offensive coordinator David Lee, a redshirt season for Tuck seems unlikely.
"He's very intelligent," Nutt said. "I like his maturity. He's smart. And so he's working at (the) Z and X (wide receiver positions). ... He's making some strides, and we're trying to work him in the mix."
A long list of Razorback players missed Tuesday's practice.
Offensive tackle Nate Garner (concussion), defensive end Chris Wade (concussion), tight end Ben Cleveland (neck), running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring), punter Jeremy Davis (foot) and tight end DJ Williams (concussion) all sat out Tuesday's practice.
Nutt said the players with concussions are being treated with extreme patience.
"We're taking it a whole lot different than when we were here in 1977," Nutt said. "We would've taken an aspirin and gotten right back on the field with Coach (Lou) Holtz."
Arkansas will conduct its first morning practice of preaseason camp today at 10 a.m.
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