Arkansas practiced earlier than normal Thursday in hopes of getting their legs back for an 11 a.m. kickoff Saturday against Auburn. The Hogs started around 3 p.m. -- almost an hour earlier than normal. Because of rains in the area, they went inside Walker Pavilion.
Bobby Petrino said it was a good Thursday practice, capping off a great week of preparations.
"Well, we had a good practice today," Petrino said. "It was a good week. Our guys are fired
up about the practice. We've had good preparation. I think our confidence
is where it needs to be. Our attitude is good. We're pretty healthy, and
we're ready to paly."
The Arkansas coach said wide receiver London Crawford, out since the opener with a broken collarbone, has been cleared for game action. He's practiced the last two weeks. Petrino said Crawford had a good week of practice and will be in the rotation with starter Greg Childs at one wide receiver slot.
"London is ready to play," Petrino said. "He had a good week. He practiced a lot yesterday
and today, caught the ball well, understands what he's going to do. So he
should be available to play. How much he plays is yet to be seen. It will
be great to have him back because now he can keep Greg fresh and keep his
legs fresh. You know, London's been very productive for us."
Was there consideration to redshirt Crawford?
"No, we feel like he's ready to go," the coach said. "and he wants to play and he's not
interested in a redshirt. Another thing on the redshirt is if you're
physically ready to play in a game, it's not like you can just say, ‘Hey,
I'm going to redshirt.' To get a medical hardship, it has to be declared
that you can no longer finish the season. So it's not like it's our
decision. It's up to the doctors."
Darius Winston, according to the head coach, still is practicing with a limp and may not be full speed for the game. Whether or not Winston could play, Petrino did not say.
"Darius did all right today," Petrino said. "He's still limping a little bit at times on
his changing directions. We'll really have to see how he does tomorrow."
Petrino was asked about Tommy Tuberville's comments on Alabama radio this week that Auburn should win by three touchdowns. Does the Arkansas coach have any thoughts on those comments?
"No, none at all. I don't have any thoughts on that," Petrino said.
He would discuss the plans for the Hogs leading up to game time both Friday and Saturday.
"Tomorrow is pretty much a normal Friday for us," he said. "We will have an extra
special teams meeting in the afternoon, go to the hotel about 4 and then go
through our normal Friday night routine. Get up early and get going
"We'll get up at 6:30. We'll have a walk-through at 7 and then our pregame
meal will be at 7:30, which is about a half an hour later than normal.
Normally, we eat four hours before the game. We're going to eat 3 1/2."
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