Thursday Grid Report, 11/21

Houston Nutt likes what he's seen of the Hogs this week in practice. The Arkansas coach thinks his team is prepared for Mississippi State.

Arkansas finished on-field preparations for an SEC West tangle with Mississippi State with a 70-minute workout in helmets and "shells."

"We had a good workout and a good week," said Houston Nutt, the UA head coach. "We've had a great week of practice. They have prepared well and that's generally when you play well. We've had a good focus and we've gotten better."

The Hogs put in some extra time on kicking situations and goal line offense and defense.

"I always want more time on the goal line, but we got in some good work there today," Nutt said. "That's where we've had some missed assignments lately and we wanted to work on that today. Joe Lee Dunn's defense is hard to pin down. You don't know where they are going to be and we wanted to look at a few more things today."

Offensive line coach Mike Markuson said Shawn Andrews, out most of the last two weeks, was moving fast and hard in practice this week and will start.

"The big boy was flying around this week," Markuson said. "We'll watch how he plays, but he's into it this week. I think he wants it pretty bad. I think the time off really helped his ankle. I'd think he will start and go most of the way this week."

Jeb Huckeba, out the last two weeks at middle linebacker with a knee sprain, practiced at close to full speed. Linebacker coach Bobby Allen expects Huckeba to be ready to play Saturday.

"Jeb is in the plans," Allen said. "I'd say he is getting better every day. We think he'll be full speed on Saturday. We think he'll get a lot of work this week. We are glad to have him back. That gives us a few more bodies."

The Hogs always match the first team offense against the first defense each week in practice, but there may have been more of that this week to simulate what Dunn's MSU defenses bring to the table.

"We are probably more multiple than what Joe Lee does, but we both stem and move at the snap," Allen said. "Joe Lee is more three-man fronts than what we do, but we do have some looks that are similar. Maybe that helps us this week, I don't know."

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