No Redshirts For These Freshmen

FAYETTEVILLE -- In response to a question about redshirts, Arkansas coach Houston Nutt reeled off the names of seven freshmen after Wednesday's practice.

Unless any of them get injured, those seven look destined for immediate playing time.

Freddy Burton, Nathan Dick, Jermaine Love, Isaac Madison, Alex Tejada, Crosby Tuck and D.J. Williams all figure to contribute in different ways this season.

Tuck could start at wide receiver in Arkansas' Sept. 1 opener against Troy. Tejada is the starting kicker. Williams will get time at H-back and tight end, and Love, Madison and Burton will all play on special teams.

As for Nathan Dick, his rapid ascension to the No. 2 quarterback spot has changed the coaching staff's plans.

"If you're going to move him to (No.) 2, I think (Nathan's) got to jump into the water with both feet," Nutt said. "That No. 2 guy has to be ready, because he's a snap away. It's a tough situation.

"We really wanted to redshirt Nathan in the summer time, but he's had a very good camp, and we'll see how this plays out."

Other freshmen who could forego redshirts include safety Bret Harris and defensive linemen Damario Ambrose, Patrick Jones and Brandon Lampkin.

"We need some help inside," Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring said. "We are going to keep looking at those young ones. We are trying to get Jones in shape. Lampkin looks good, but he has some missed assignments. We are trying to get them ready. You'd like to redshirt them, but they appear capable of helping us."

Ready For Opponents

By now, Arkansas players must be sick of practicing against each other. And with just nine days until the Razorbacks' opener, Nutt said he could understand why his players have lost focus at times during the Hogs' first two practices this week.

"This is always the toughest week," Nutt said. "It's the week before you play, everybody's getting a little anxious now. We've been through a lot of practice, so they're ready to hit somebody else and play somebody with a different colored jersey."

Running back Darren McFadden said he was ready to see some unrecognizable defenders.

"It kind of gets old," McFadden said.

Felton At Center

Center Jonathan Luigs missed practice for the second straight day with the flu. Starting tackle Robert Felton filled in again for Luigs, and Nutt praised Michael Aguirre for his performance in Felton's usual spot.

"(Robert) is very valuable," Nutt said. "He can play tackle, guard and center. He's very intelligent."

Nutt said he expected Luigs to return today. Nutt joked that his players needed to do a better job of washing their hands considering there's "lots of germs with 15,000 students."

Extra Points

McFadden, who spoke to reporters with his arm around kickoff specialist Brian Vavra, said he was honored to make the 35-player "watch list" for the Walter Camp Award. ... Herring said junior college transfer Walner LeAndre has moved to the No. 2 spot at free safety behind Michael Grant. ... Nutt said the constant clouds that hovered over Arkansas' practice field for most of its workout "helped immensely." ... Arkansas will practice today at 3:55 p.m.


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