Wednesday Grid Report, 11/13

Arkansas continued to prep for its last nonconference game of the regular season with an intense practice, but one without full pads.

Arkansas worked for about two hours on Wednesday with helmets and "shells" as Houston Nutt kept his promise and left the full pads in the locker room.

"We had a good day with great concentration," Nutt said. "Our players worked hard. They are preparing well."

Nutt said it is obvious after looking at film that Louisiana-Lafayette will bring some good talent to Fayetteville.

"Those teams that we've seen from that area ... Louisiana-Monroe, the Northwest Louisiana team and this team ... they have some draft picks every year," Nutt said. "They play good football. If you look at this team, they have some weapons. They've got great speed at their wideout spots and will give us some trouble."

Shawn Andrews did not practice as the big tackle continued to rehab in the training room with a chronic ankle sprain. Zac Tubbs got all the work with the first team at right tackle in Andrews' absence.

It appeared that Jeb Huckeba, Raymond House and Matt Jones all moved around in quick fashion. Huckeba and Jones have bumps and bruises and House has a sore ankle. Jones looked quick and sharp with his passing on Wednesday.

The Hogs will put the finishing touches on their practice week with a light workout on Thursday, again donning only helmets and shoulder pad shells as has been the policy all week. Shells are light foam pads that protect the shoulders and are light to carry. Nutt hopes leaving the full pads in the locker room this week will help restore the teams quickness and speed after the grind of seven straight weeks without an open date.

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