Thursday Grid Report, 11/15

Injured Razorbacks Felix Jones and Jose Valdez get in some work as the Razorbacks conclude on-campus work for this Saturday's 1 p.m. game with Mississippi State at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium.

With the rap song "We Ready" playing in the background Thursday afternoon, the University of Arkansas finished up its on-campus workouts for Saturday's game with Mississippi State in Little Rock with a one-hour practice.

Injured tailback Felix Jones and offensive lineman Jose Valdez got some work in and wideouts Marcus Monk and Robert Johnson rested but will be ready for the Bulldogs.

"We had a good one today and Felix got a little work in," Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. "We'll know more Saturday, but because of the type of injury (bruised calf) it is, it's just very hard to get back to full speed that quick. But, boy, he is giving it a lot of effort and we'll see. Everybody else out here had a good day today."

Jones is not likely to see more that a few plays if he is healthy enough to go.

"It would probably be just some spots in there, but we probably wouldn't play him too much unless he just feels great," Nutt said.

Valdez will likely play several plays, but Arkansas will open with Robert Felton in Valdez' tackle spot and DeMarcus Love starting at Felton's guard position.

"Valdez was out here and moving good today and that was good to see at least for half of it," Nutt said. "We'll go with Robert because he has got the work this whole week."

Both Monk and Johnson have battled injury this season and were just being rested by the staff.

"They've got a good feel on what they can do with it and what they can't do so we get the game plan in, they catch a lot of balls and get mental reps and then we get them ready to go Saturday."

The 1 p.m. game at War Memorial Stadium should feature lots of smash-mouth action between the Razorbacks and Coach Sylvester Croom's Bulldogs.

"It's going to be very physical and our guys have been told that the whole week," Nutt said. "I am sure that Coach Croom is doing the same thing in Mississippi and telling them the same thing and it will be. The guys in the trenches – the offensive line and defensive line – have to play their best games Saturday."


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