Wednesday Grid Report, 10/16

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt liked what he saw from the Hogs in Wednesday's workout. Plans to take the redshirt off one of the Hogs' freshman defensive ends is in high gear.

Houston Nutt proclaimed it an "excellent workout" after the Arkansas football team completed a full-pads practice on Wednesday.

"We had a good day with great concentration getting ready for a good Kentucky football team," Nutt said. "We buckled down and had an excellent workout."

Right after the workout, the team hurried to the team meeting room where the seniors conducted what has become a weekly ritual. They asked the media to wait until after that meeting to conduct the individual interviews that follow each practice.

"We are going to have a little meeting," said Jermaine Brooks, the vocal captain of this team. The underclassmen have indicated that these meetings have been key aspects of solid performances the last two weeks.

Nutt said it was obvious that both Brandon Holmes and Wes Murphy can help the UA defense at end. Both had their second straight solid workout at defensive end.

"We are going to take the redshirt off of Wes Murphy," Nutt said. "Wes wanted to redshirt, but we have seven games left and we need him at defensive end. Brandon Holmes has been very unselfish, too. He's a guy who has carried it 42 times in one game, but he wants to do whatever it takes to help this team."

The Hogs also looked at James Johnson some at defensive end. Johnson has been working primarily at defensive tackle, but played some end in high school.

Nose tackle Raymond House, who sustained an ankle sprain against Auburn, tried to practice, but did not appear to be effective.

"He was out there and he wants to play Saturday, but I'm not sure he'll be able to go in this game," Nutt said. "We'll have to see what he's like later this week. He's tough and he wants to, but I don't know."

Offensive guard Mark Bokermann did not dress out for Wednesday's workout. It appears he will sit out his third straight game with an ankle sprain.

The Hogs worked hard on special teams Wednesday. James Shibest, the special teams coordinator, said he was impressed by Kentucky's special teams.

"They make a lot of plays in special teams each week," Shibest said. "They play hard and make plays with good special teams. That tells me a lot about their coaching staff. Of course, we think we have good special teams, too.

"We'd like to do a better job in returns. We want to try to get the ball to No. 32 (DeCori Birmingham) more in returns. Bo Mosley is making plays for us. We are pleased with special teams, but we have to work hard this week because of what they do in returns and other areas of special teams."

Shibest said David Carlton has continued to work hard in preparation for his second start at placekicker.

"What I like about David is that he's played the game," Shibest said. "He's been on the field in situations other than in the kicking game in high school. He was a wide receiver in high school, so he knows what the other guys are doing. He missed one last week, but he hit that 50-yarder really well. I am pleased with what he's doing right now."

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