Wednesday Grid Report, 11/20

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt likes what he's seen of the Hogs this week as they prepare for a key matchup with Mississippi State.

Arkansas' football team got word Wednesday that it would likely have both its punter and it's Gatorade back this week in time for Saturday's game at Mississippi State (3-7, 0-6).

The punter is of course senior Richie Butler, who was injured Saturday on a day when the Arkansas punt team had one kick blocked another stolen before it got to Butler's foot.
He had not worked out until Wednesday while healing up and back-up Brennan O'Donohoe had been getting the reps in practice.

"Butler's all right," Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. "He kicked today and should be able to go Saturday."

As for the Gatorade, that's the post-practice sport drink that had been taken away from Arkansas players after their locker room had been left messy and there was some damage in the shower last week.

"The players had a good work ethic today," Nutt said. "They might even get some Gatorade today."

Nutt said Wednesday's practice - and Thursday's for that matter - are focusing on some fundamental issues for Arkansas (7-3, 4-3)..

"You've got to know what to do, know your assignments, take care of the ball, cut down on the penalties," Nutt said. "The team that makes the fewest mistakes is going to win. It usually always works out that way."

Nutt, whose team worked in part on the practice field and in part in the stadium under the lights on Wednesday, knows that his team will see multiple defensive schemes from MSU defensive co-ordinator Joe Lee Dunn.

"Each game Joe Lee will come out with four or five different fronts and he will stick with those four or five, but there is also one or two things that he does different," Nutt said. "Once he locks into a game, that is what he is going to do and he is not going to change. One things for sure, he will be in cover three and man or both. That's it period as far as secondary coverage."

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