Monday Practice Report, 12/16

Arkansas' youngsters got in some hitting as the Hogs continued preparations for the Music City Bowl against Minnesota.

Arkansas practiced for two hours in full pads Monday, with a 30-minute full-contact scrimmage for the youngsters to end the day.

The Hogs started the day on the practice field, but moved inside Reynolds Razorback Stadium as night approached to take advantage of the lights on a beautiful evening with mild temperatures and no wind.

"We had a great day and it was good to put the pads on and get after it with the young guys," said Houston Nutt, the UA head coach. "That's the advantage of the bowl, to get some work after a lot of teams have put up the pads for the season."

Ryan Sorahan, now the backup at quarterback with Tarvaris Jackson leaving, got a lot of work with the varsity despite arriving late for the workout because of final exams.

"I was impressed with Ryan," said David Lee, the quarterback coach. "He did some nice things throwing the ball. He stepped in and was very good. His attitude was very good all year. He's been third and maintained a good focus and attitude in meetings. If he hadn't had a good attitude, he couldn't have stepped in and looked like he did today."

Sorahan wasn't the only quarterback making some nice throws. Matt Jones executed the passing game in fine fashion, as did redshirt freshman Cedric Washington and Rhett Lashlee. Lashlee got some work as the third teamer in case he's needed in the bowl game.

Redshirt freshman David Thompson, Desmond Sims and John Johnson all had some good moments with in an upbeat practice.

"It's obvious that our guys are fresh after eight days off," Nutt said. "I think the players and the coaches benefitted from some time away from football last week for finals. They were enthused and bounced around today."

Some did more than bounce around. Massive tackle Shawn Andrews demonstrated some athletic moves during the freshmen scrimmage, balancing in a handstand to punctuate some nice plays.

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