Back At It

The Rebels began preparations for the No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks Tuesday with a workout on the practice fields under 50 degree, windy conditions. Read about it inside.

Out of nowhere, the Rebels were greeted with a shock of cold weather and a North wind when they hit the practice fields Tuesday.

"We worked hard today and did a good job of getting our gameplan in. We were outside early, but the rain drove us inside later," said Coach Houston Nutt.

The Rebels got the four suspended players from last week back in the fold - TB Brandon Bolden, Center A.J. Hawkins, Slot Philander Moore and OL Alex Washington.

"They were hungry and enthused. It was good to have them back out here," Nutt closed.

Offensive Coordinator David Lee was particularly pleased with Bolden's showing Tuesday.

"It looked like he has healed up more and he had his explosiveness back for the first time, really, since he was injured," said Lee. "That was really good to see. We need him."

Random Notes:


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* Cornerback has been considered a thin position since August camp started. After Saturday night, when senior CB Marcus Temple broke his ankle, you can now call it razor thin. The question that remains to be answered: will Charles Sawyer, who was moved to safety this year and has done quite well, move back to corner this week against the Hogs? We did not find out Tuesday, but if not, it will be up to junior Wesley Pendleton, freshman Senquez Golson, Cliff Coleman and Kyle Horine to carry the bulk of the load. The Rebs do have an ace up their sleeves in freshman Nicholas Brassell, who can play both ways and has played qluite a bit of corner this week. Arkansas has the most potent passing game in the SEC, so what the coaches decide will be an important piece to the puzzle. "We are working Charles at corner and safety. We are thinnest in our secondary, no doubt," said Nutt. "Damien Jackson and Frank Crawford worked hard at safety today and we moved Cody Prewitt from spur to safety. Senquez will be leaned on heavily. He's gaining confidence and knows instead of 15 plays, he'll have to double it up." Golson got "embarrassed" on a couple of plays against Bama, but he's come back with greater resolve. "That's what I love about him. It's hurt him when he didn't succeed on the field and he's working hard to get better," said Nutt. "He's a fighter and he will come back strong."

* Another season-ending injury - DE Wayne Wayne Dorsey, leaves the Rebs trying to figure out the rotation at that position for the Razorbacks as well. As of Tuesday's practice, Jason Jones, who has been hampered by knee issues most of the year, was at number one in Wayne's spot and Cameron Whigham was number two. The coaches may also opt to do what they did against Bama and insert DT Uriah Grant at DE. "We are giving them all looks, rolling them in and trying to figure out a rotation," said Nutt. "We are looking at Uriah, Jason, Cameron, Carlos Thompson, C.J. Johnson, Gerald Rivers and Kentrell Lockett, but we have not made any firm decisions yet."

* Redshirt freshman DT Carlton Martin got his first start against Alabama and it appears he has held on to the top spot. He was working with the number one defense Tuesday ahead of senior Justin Smith.

* Center Evan Swindall also got his first start against the Tide and remained in the top spot in Tuesday's practice ahead of A.J. Hawkins, who was suspended last week. . . . Also, Patrick Junen, who worked his way back into the starting lineup against Alabama after being benched for a couple of games, was still with the ones at left guard.


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* With WR Melvin Harris being dismissed from the team, it appears to have made an opening for two freshmen receivers - Collins Moore and Tobias Singleton. Donte Moncrief and Brassell were already way up on the depth chart. They could very well be joined by their frosh running mates in the rotation against Arkansas.

* Special teams stalwart Vincent Moss, who also has played some spur and safety, sat out Tuesday's practice with a concussion. No word on when he will return to practice.

* Brassell, who has become one of the Rebs' most effective players in a short time, had an ingrown toenail removed Tuesday, but he practiced. He was limping a little, but is expected to be full speed for the Hogs.

* Last week against the Tide, Ralph Williams got a start at linebacker with Mike Marry. This week, it appears the Rebs are going to go back to junior Joel Kight with freshman Serderius Bryant backing him up. Williams is behind Marry now at MLB. Also, it appears the Rebs are going to take a look at freshman LB Keith Lewis at the spur position behind Aaron Garbutt.


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