After a day off to give coaches a chance to hit the recruiting trails, Arkansas returned to practice Thursday with a full-contact workout that filled Reynolds Razorback Stadium with the sound of leather popping.
Houston Nutt ended the day with a 30-minute scrimmage with the redshirts and younger players to the delight of the varsity.
"We had a good scrimmage and had a lot of young guys do some great things," Nutt said. "Vickiel Vaughn is really going to be something. He's a guy who can play one of our safeties, there is no question about that. He will stand in there and make plays, very physical. He can play safety, or he could play closer to the line than that.
"John Jackson, Michael Coe, Sam Olajubutu, Marcus Whitmore, Reginald Banks ... those guys on defense really looked good today ... and on offense ... Gene Perry, Cedric Washington, John Johnson, David Thompson, Tyler Morgan, Tony Ugoh ... all of those guys looked good today. We like all of our young guys.
"John Johnson got a lot of carries today and looked good. He's so quick. He probably needs to put on a little weight, but he will do that. He's a player."
James Shibest was excited about what he saw from freshman wideout David Thompson.
"He's going to be a GREAT player," Shibest said, emphasizing the great. "He's big, has leaping ability and has very good speed. He has all the ability in the world. He can make plays, and he's a route runner, too. I'd say he's a George Wilson with better speed. I like him a lot."
Nutt said the varsity had a good day of practice. He noted that the Hogs benefitted from a day off from workouts Wednesday, although there was a heavy diet of running while the coaches were away.
"We are close to getting all of the Minnesota stuff in," Nutt said. "We still have some goal line stuff to work on, but we are close. We have had an opportunity to have some good film study the last two days, and some heavy meeting time.
"We will go at a nice pace the next few days. We've got plenty of time to cover everything."
Nutt indicated that the Hogs would work at noon on Friday, again at 10 a.m. on Saturday and conclude the Fayetteville part of their bowl workouts with an 8:30 a.m. Sunday workout. The Hogs will assemble in Nashville for the Music City Bowl on Dec. 26.
The only regular unable to practice Thursday was strong safety Jimmy Beasley. The junior from North Little Rock sat out with a problem with his calf muscle. Beasley walked around the edge of the field during the workout with a severe limp. His status for the bowl game is uncertain.
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