Tuesday Grid Update, 10/2

Arkansas coaches were unhappy after Tuesday's practice. Missed assignments and repeated plays were the norm for the workout.

Arkansas coaches were disappointed with the way Tuesday's football practice went from an offensive perspective.

"We acted like we were sore," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "We didn't practice good.

"We should have been very fresh because (starters) didn't play much Saturday night. We didn't get after it today."

Offensive coordinator David Lee was not in a good mood, either.

"To put it real blunt, this was our worst practice of the year," Lee said. "It definitely was our worst Tuesday practice.

"I don't know what it was. Maybe it was everyone patting them on the back (over) the last 48 hours. We've had good Tuesday practices all year, but this was not very good."

Asked about specifics, Lee said, "It was missed assignments, having to repeat plays. The players were not with us today. They've been with us most of the time, but they were not today."

Quarterback Casey Dick drew praise from Lee for his performance in the game. After film review, Lee, who coaches QBs, said Dick's stats could have easily been 17 of 21 had receivers made all of the routine catches in the game. He said there were "five or six drops."

Still, Lee was not happy with the quarterback's play on Tuesday.

"He's had very good Tuesdays, but this wasn't a good practice for him," Lee said. "He was inconsistent."

Dick said much the same thing.

"We have to go regroup," he said. "We didn't throw and catch very well today. We have to come back tomorrow and get better than this. You can't come out here and practice like this. I know that. I have to do a better job. We all have to do better."

If there was any good news it was the continued progress from senior wide receiver Marcus Monk. After two knee surgeries in preseason, Monk has gradually added to his rehab routine. He added more movement on the field Tuesday, including some work on the unforgiving artificial surface. Monk did not wear full pads, but he did go through some drills.

"It is a progression," Monk replied to questions. "You do a little more each time. I've gone from running in the pool to running on grass, to running on the hard, artificial practice field. There is no give to this stuff and it doesn't hurt. That's a good sign. I don't have any pain. I don't have swelling. I'm getting closer."

Playing this week still seems a reach, both Monk and coaches said.

"I don't think so," Nutt said of the prospects of having Monk against Tennessee-Chattanooga. "But he's getting better and better. We see him doing more."

Monk wouldn't put an exact date on his likely return and wouldn't say whether it might come next week against Auburn.

"I just don't know," he said. "I'm just trying to see if I can practice and do the things in practice that I'll have to do in games. When I can do them in practice, I can play.

"If I'm able to do things next week in practice, then I could play (against Auburn). But I can't tell you that right now."

Would he predict that he will play this season?

"Yes, I'm going to (play this season)," Monk replied.

"What I'm doing now is trying to get my conditioning back. I'm trying to get the feel of everything again. That is a progression. You go from one thing to the next in the rehab. I'm getting better. I'm doing the different stages and getting better.

"I can be frustrating if you let it, yes. But I haven't let it get to me. I know I have to play the cards dealt to me."

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