Thursday Grid Report, 11/14

Arkansas prepared for Louisiana-Lafayette's Cajuns in cold, wet weather as the put the wraps on a padless work week.

If it rains some and is a little chilly on Saturday during its 1 p.m. home game with Louisiana-Lafayette, the University of Arkansas football team should be prepared after getting an hour's-plus work in the stuff Thursday.

UA head coach Houston Nutt decided to keep his team on the field today instead of taking them inside the Walker Pavilion.

"We kept them outside in the weather," Nutt said. "It's a little cold and we want them to be ready to go. We're trying to get used to the environment. We didn't do too good of a job offensively in Little Rock when it got cold on us, so I thought it would be good to stay out in it. The guys were bouncing around out there and we had a good mental day today."

Arkansas finished its workout under temporary lights that have been hauled in and put around the practice field to give them a little extra illumination since the time has changed and it gets darker much quicker.

They have taken it easy to a certain point this week in practice by going in shoulder pads and shorts.

"I think we helped ourselves," Nutt said. "We still have five or six guys that are really achy. Nothing serious, just the ankles and the shoulders with Jeb Huckeba, Clarke Moore and Shawn Andrews. This has been a good week for them, because they're out here, but they're not getting banged on."

Speaking of those injuries, offensive limeman Andrews will sit this one out and rest his ankle and have true freshman Zac Tubbs fill in as he did for all but about 20 plays at South Carolina last weekend.

"He's (Tubbs) going to start," Nutt said. "He's real anxious and excited about it. He's had great preparation. He's done a good job of studying. He was ready to go in Columbia and I expect him to be fully ready to go Saturday."

Nutt said starting linebacker Huckeba's availability will be a game-time decision, but that everybody else should be ready to play.

Nutt also commenting on how Arkansas was ranked first nationally in turnover margin.

"We've trying to keep it real quiet," Nutt said. "We want to keep it going. We don't want to jinx ourselves. We're going to keep taking care of the ball. That's been a real positive for our team and our defensive keeps getting turnovers. It works hand-in-hand."


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