August 14, 2006

Good news on Monday

Arkansas opened this week of fall camp with its first Monday practice at 9:50 a.m. and will go at it again at 6:50 p.m. The Razorbacks practiced for a little over an hour in shoulder pads and helmets.

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said the players were a bit sluggish starting out, but he said they finished strong. After the first 25 minutes following the stretching exercises, the team went indoors for an additional 40 minutes. Following the workout, defensive coordinator Reggie Herring had the defense doing up-downs.

"I think once we got them going we had a pretty good practice today. Little sore, little feeling sorry for yourself," Nutt said. "We also went into scout team, getting into USC personnel there, but once we got going it was a good practice."

With working on the Souther Cal gameplan, Arkansas needed scout team players. It is always a difficult transition for the younger players who go from being coached and working hard trying to earn playing time to go to mimic the opponent. Nutt and the coaches have formulated a temporary two-deep, though it was not released.

The biggest news of the camp has been the quarterback situation. Last year's starter, sophomore Casey Dick, has sat out much of the camp with a sore back. An MRI last week came back negative, and it was projected that Dick would start practicing on Tuesday. However, coaches feel comfortable that he is ready to go on Monday. They did not want to work him for two practices in his first day back, so he will go only this evening. Junior Robert Johnson leads true freshman Mitch Mustain right now on the depth chart, but Nutt stressed the words "right now."

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