Wednesday Grid Report, 10/2

The Hogs went through a lengthy practice Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the Volunteers.

University of Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt believes the Alabama hangover - brought on by a 30-12 home loss to the Crimson Tide - has gone away.

At least that was his assertion about his defense after a long Wednesday practice that included time in the classroom and on the field and didn't end until almost 6:30.

"They have gotten better each day since Sunday," Nutt said. "That's what you expect from a team - to get better and get the bad taste out of your mouth. I don't expect them to feel good on Sunday, but by Tuesday you have got to put it behind you and go on to the next one and for the most part that is what we have done."

The next one is this Saturday night's 6:45 game at Tennessee, a game that will be televised nationally by ESPN.

"Like any SEC team, you worry about the speed and the size and tremendous athletes," Nutt said. "They all look the same to me - the Alabamas, the Tennessees - they all look the same."

Arkansas finished up its Wednesday workout by heading inside the Walker Pavilion to battle some manufactured noise.

"We went inside to get some noise level, hear a few songs and still trying to execute at the same time," Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. "It takes 11 on offense to make one play go and 11 on defense and everybody hitting the right gap, executing with their eyes and good form tackling. That's what we have to get done."

Tailback Fred Talley dressed out, but didn't do anything significant and is doubtful to play in the game. Talley has a sprained wrist.

Also missing from practice was linebacker Marcus Whitmore, who has been diagnosed with a sprain shoulder. That's actually good news because it was thought the shoulder might have been separated.

Whitmore is out this weekend as they allow the swelling to subside and see if he will be able to play anymore this season or if a medical redshirt year for the junior might be a likely option.

Wideout Stephen Harris also missed practice today. His status for the game will be determined in the next couple of days.

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