After a less than stellar Thursday evening that ended with his team running gassers as punishment, University of Arkansas head football coach Houston Nutt was much more pleased with what he saw Friday morning.
"Much better, much better," Nutt said at the end of a 75-minute workout. "They came back and responded well this morning and guys moved around, played faster and were better assignment-wise. That was good to see."
The only negative was redshirt freshman guard DeMarcus Love dislocated his knee cap.
"From what I understand he is going to be okay," Nutt said. "I think we are going to be able to put that back in there, tape him up and get ready to go."
That would be for Saturday night's scrimmage, one slated for 80 plays and beginning at 6 p.m. in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
That scrimmage – the last public one of the preseason - will likely not feature wideout Marcus Monk, fullback Peyton Hillis, offensive lineman Nate Garner and tight end Ben Cleveland – who all sit out Friday morning's practice with assorted injuries.
"We are looking for a lot of those twos to come on," Nutt said of second-teamers. "The Ray Dominguez, DeMarcus Love, hopefully get (cornerback) Shedrick (Johnson) back and Jamar Love and test these guys. The second defensive lines – we really need (Fred) Bledsoe, (Marcus) Shavers and those guys to have a good scrimmage.
"This is the depth chart scrimmage all the way," Nutt added.
Kicker Jeremy Davis, who has missed the last few days with a nerve problem in his foot, was back in practice on Friday although limited as freshman Alex Tejada handled the field goal duties.
"He did a little bit," Nutt said. "Hopefully we will have him tomorrow night ready to go."
Freshman wideout Crosby Tuck continue his impressive preseason camp with a couple or more catches in the two-minute drill.
On one of them, he laid out to catch a ball from freshman quarterback Nathan Dick.
"He makes plays," Nutt said. "This guy comes from a good system over at Shiloh (Christian), caught a lot of balls and run a lot of routes.
"Unlike a lot of the other freshmen receivers that have been here the last few years, he knows how to get off the line of scrimmage," Nutt said. "He's a little bit stronger and more physical than the ones we have had the last few years and he is in the mix. He is definitely in the mix. He just continues to make plays."
Tuck has done so no matter what Arkansas' defense has thrown at him so far.
"Most of the time freshman have a hard time getting off the line of scrimmage without free access," Nutt added. "It doesn't bother him whether he has free access or a bump corner. He is creating separation and I love that."
Tuck downplayed his performance.
"Today I had a couple of plays that were alright, but there are still a lot of small details that I need to work on and improve on quite a bit," Tuck said. "Hopefully I can keep improving and get more comfortable with college football."
He was happy to hear he is in the playing mix.
"Some times it feels like I am, some days it doesn't," Tuck said. "That is good to hear. I have been doing alright, but I need to continue to get better to play on this level."
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