Wednesday Grid Report, 11/27

Will Batman play against LSU? How did the Hogs practice before heading to the Rock? Here's Dudley Dawson's practice report from Wednesday as the team finished their last regular-season workout.

While Batman missed yet another day of practice, the rest of the University of Arkansas players finished up on-campus preparations for their big game with LSU on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Little Rock.

It's clear UA head coach Houston Nutt is geared up for the game between the Razorbacks (8-3, 4-3) and the Tigers (8-3, 5-2) to decide who will play Georgia in the SEC Championship game next week.

"This is going to be exciting," Nutt said., "This is probably going to the be the biggest game since we have been here. I really believe that. What so good about this game is the winner goes to the championship. Nothing can be better than that unless you win it outright. There's a lot of excitement and I am looking forward to it."

It's beginning to appear more and more like Arkansas will play the game without starting cornerback Ahmad "Batman" Carroll, who suffered a concussion in the Razorbacks' 26-19 win over Mississippi State last week.

Batman has not dressed out any this week and Eddie Jackson will start in his place.

"The doctor still didn't want him practicing," Nutt said. "We are going to have to wait and see, but it doesn't look good."

Since the game is on Friday instead of Saturday this week, Wednesday's practice resembled a normal Thursday one.

"It's a short week and it's actually Thursday for us," Nutt said. "So we had a good Thursday workout. We hit some two-minute, some goal line, special situations and anything from an overtime play to subbing to trying to block a field goal."

It's been a long season according to Nutt, but Arkansas is right where it wanted to be.

"It's our 10th straight week of football and our guys have given it to us, they really have," Nutt said. "I am real proud of them, their effort and their persaverence. They have been knocked down a lot this year, but they got back up and that's what you do in football - you just keep going and keep fighting."

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