Tuesday Grid Practice, 10/5

Matt Jones has a sharp day as the Hogs moved inside Walker Pavilion for a lengthy football practice.

Arkansas worked for a little over two hours Tuesday inside Walker Pavilion in preparation for this week's trip to play South Carolina in a critical SEC football game.

"Our players had great focus today," said Arkansas coach Houston Nutt. "Our guys came out and worked like we wanted. It was obvious that they wanted to correct some things and we really worked hard on our blocking."

Nutt said the focus was also on eliminating penalties. The Hogs were flagged 13 times against Troy State.

"We've never had that many," he said. "It would be easy to say, 'I didn't do it.' But, the truth is that you did do it. They saw something or there wouldn't have been a yellow flag. We worked hard on getting that corrected."

Bo Lacy continued to work with the first team at left tackle. Lacy was flagged for three holding penalties last week, and gave way to Nathan Ball down the stretch. Ball worked with the starting team at left guard on Tuesday.

Tony Bua, Clarke Moore and Jeb Huckeba all practiced despite nagging injuries Tuesday. "They'll play this weekend," Nutt said. "You can expect that."

Lawrence Richardson exited late in the workout after banging his knee in a drill. It appeared he was fine after practice.

Matt Jones had a sharp day passing. It may have been as good a day as he's had all fall.

"I thought we practiced pretty well in the passing game," said James Shibest, the Hogs' wide receiver coach. "Our receivers know that we must improve in the passing game. They had a good focus and performed well today. Matt did throw it well.

"Thomas Crowder had a big day catching the ball. The hard thing is that he is in on so many special teams that we are taking a lot out of his legs and it's hard to get him a lot of snaps on offense. But, we are trying to work him in more and more. He looked good today."

Crowder caught a couple of deep balls, getting behind Ken Hamlin for one of them.

Danny Nutt, the Hogs' running backs coach, thought the Hogs had a good workout, too.

"That was one of our better days," Danny Nutt said. "I looked back a couple of times on some of the passes to see who it was throwing them because they were ropes ... and I expected it to be Tarvaris Jackson ... and it was Matt. I think he's getting more velocity on the ball. He looked good today."

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