Most of the intrigue at Wednesday's Arkansas practice surrounded who was likely to play Saturday at Auburn and who wasn't likely to be on the field.
Offensive lineman Mark Bokermann seems very doubtfull , offensive lineman Bo Lacy questionable and running back Cedric Cobbs also questionable at this point.Cobbs was limited in Wednesday's workout after sitting out Tuesday. He has a sore toe.
"I am still worried about Mark Bokermann," UA head coach Houston Nutt said. "Bo Lacy is still trying to get through and he is still hobbled just a little bit. They both are getting better, but I don't know if Mark will be ready by Saturday."
Nathan Ball and Jerry Reith filled in for those two guys at practice on Wednesday and look like they will probably get the starting nods. In other offensive line news, Gene Perry has switched back from the defensive line to the offensive line. Also, it appears there is a dogfight at center between Josh Melton and Dan Doughty. Doughty has been the starter in the first four games while Melton has mended from knee problems, but Melton has received a good bit of work with the first unit this week. Melton will probably see action against Auburn and could start.
If the game was being played Thursday, you would see De'Arrius Howard starting at tailback with Brandon Holmes and wideout-running back Dedrick Poole backing him up. Cobbs has two more days to get healthier.
"(Cobbs) is still just awfully sore, very sore," Nutt said. "He just can't put a lot of weight on it."
Arkansas worked both outside in the rain and 50 degree temperatures and inside Walker Pavilion.
"It was a good day today," Nutt said. "Guys were concentrating and we got out in the rain a little bit in case it is raining Saturday."
Not having any turnovers will be key for Arkansas according to Nutt, who is impressed with Auburn's opportunistic defense. The Tigers have 18 takeaways in their 4-1 start. Auburn is coming off an open date and should be fresh for the Hogs.
"We just want to take care of the ball," Nutt said. "These guys have scored 70-some odd points on just their opponents giving them gifts. We just have got to take care of the football and protect it the way we have been doing it."