Arkansas worked about an hour and 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon in full pads despite a light rain during most of the practice.
The obvious development was a change at placekicker. Sophomore kicker David Carlton got all the work in the kicking drills. After the workout, head coach Houston Nutt said that Carlton would take over for Brennan O'Donohoe for kickoffs, extra points and retain his kickoff man. Nutt said it was a long-term switch, not just a tryout this week or for the Auburn game.
"He's going to be our kicker," Nutt said. "That's the direction we are going."
Special teams coach James Shibest said that Brennan O'Donohoe wasn't surprised.
"He knew what happened," Shibest said. "He's made a lot of field goals, but he's missed some big ones. He missed a big one against Tennessee. He made some others that may have been more pressure-packed than that one ... the one that would have been the winner. I would have thought that one would have been easier. We had a good snap and a good hold and then it was a bad miss. He didn't hit it good at all, so that's a mental thing. You have to make a change, and he understood."
Shibest, who also coaches the wide receivers, said he was surprised that George Wilson dropped so many passes against the Vols.
"I think when he dropped the first one, it just shook his confidence," Shibest said. "He was shocked. He hadn't dropped any in the time I've been here. Not any drops at all. None in games. None in practice. I told him he just had to forget about it. I haven't lost any confidence in him."
It appeared Carlos Ousley got plenty of work at flanker in Tuesday's workout, but Shibest said it will be hard for him to get much time because both Richard Smith and DeCori Birmingham, the first two at flanker, are playing well.
"I love George, Richard and DeCori, but we have Carlos ready, too," Shibest said. "It's just hard to get much time in the game when you are number three at one position. We are trying to get him ready where he knows both positions and he does know a lot more than he did at the start of the season. He's getting there and he may get some more time as we move ahead. It's about how much he knows. He definitely can catch it."
Ousley wasn't on campus during the summer to hone his skills in pass skeleton drills, and he sustained a mild knee strain during preseason workouts that limited his practice time. The Hogs are now trying to cross train him at both split end and flanker.
Cedric Cobbs did not practice because of a turf toe injury. He watched in sweat clothes. Mark Bokermann dressed out for practice, but did not attempt any team drills. Bo Lacy worked in a limited basis. Nathan Ball worked at both left guard and left tackle. Jerry Reith took the first-team snaps at right guard.
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