Shawn Andrews spent the afternoon in the training room with an ankle injury and the Hogs left their pads in the locker room as they began the work week for Saturday's date with Louisiana-Lafayette.
"We tried an experiment today," said Houston Nutt. "We asked them to give us effort and intensity and we'd leave the pads off. They gave it to us today. I am pleased with what we got accomplished."
Things went well enough that a few players even strutted their stuff after practice when Dedrick Poole challenged some of the older players to a 40-yard dash. Among those in the race were John Johnson, Batman Carroll and Carlos Ousley. Who won?
"I thought Dedrick won," Nutt said. "But, it was hard to tell. Don't know if anyone jumped or not."
And, it was also hard to tell because the practice field was dark ... despite some portable lights on one side.
"The guys are in good spirits, as you could see (by the race)," Nutt said. "We are asking them to take it one day at a time, and play each game one at a time. That's been the focus the last three or four weeks, and it's worked. I think we know what can happen today around college football if you don't concentrate on the opponent at hand."
Nutt said Andrews would miss most of the work this week while trying to rehab his chronic ankle injury that kept him out of all but two possessions at South Carolina.
"Zac Tubbs will start," Nutt said. "He got the work today. Shawn isn't moving too good."
But the Hogs appeared healthier Tuesday than they did at this time last week.
"Tony Bua, Raymond House, Jeb Huckeba ... they fought through it today," Nutt said. "They will play."
Nutt said that several seniors that haven't been in the starting lineup might get a chance to go out with the first team this weekend in their final game in Fayetteville.
"Guys like Gerald Howard and Sparky Hamilton ... we'll look at them with the first unit a lot this week," Nutt said. "We'll need the other guys, too, but we'd like to give some of the seniors a start if we can."
The Hogs worked extensively on special teams both at the start and at the end of practice. That continues a trend of devoting extra time on kicking units. Brennan O'Donohoe got some time as a punter at the end of practice and boomed some long, towering spirals.
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