Tuesday Grid Update, 11/19

Arkansas began the heavy part of the work week with a practice in full pads in anticipation of the trip to Starkville for an SEC battle.

Houston Nutt characterized Mississippi State as "a very dangerous team" on Tuesday after the Hogs finished a two-hour workout in full pads concluded with some one vs. one work inside Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

It was the first time the Hogs had practiced in the stadium since two-a-days. They went to the game field to utilize the lights on the east side of the stadium.

Shawn Andrews returned with the first unit, but Zac Tubbs, the starter the last two weeks at right tackle, also got some work with the first group.

"Shawn looked a lot better than he's looked in the last two weeks," Nutt said. "He was moving a lot better. Jeb Huckeba was moving pretty well, too."

Huckeba has been out the last two weeks with a knee sprain. Andrews has been out with a chronic ankle injury.

Punter Richie Butler did not dress in full pads because of an assortment of sore muscles. He has a leg injury and bruised ribs.

"Richie can probably go, but he's extremely sore right now," Nutt said. "Right now, the backup would be Brennan O'Donohoe."

Nutt said the Hogs wanted to wear full pads (after going in light gear last week) to get some full speed work on punt protection "and to do a little in the middle drills." Nutt characterized the punt work as encouraging.

"We turned some guys loose," he said. "We wanted to get after it and make sure everyone was doing their job. It was a good day. I could tell that we had good focus and did some good work there."

Nutt indicated that Mississippi State was an impressive team on film aside from a penchant for turning the ball over early in games.

"If you saw the teams they've lost to, you understand," Nutt said. "And, they were in a lot of those games for a long time. It was 21-14 against Alabama for a long time, maybe into the fourth quarter. And, they've lost to some good teams ... LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon State ... and if you want to simplify it and say they are 0-6 in the SEC, then you are making a mistake. They have good talent and they play extremely hard.

"We know what the games have been like when we've gone to Starkville, a real dogfight. We've won there, but it's been extremely tight, in overtime. The other games were 3 points or 7 points, always tight and tough. We know there players and have respect for what they can do. We have told our team that they are a dangerous team and they know what to expect, a very physical tough game."

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