“We were a little bit sore today, but after we got going we were a little bit better,” Nutt said. “We are just trying to get a full day out of them everyday. Every practice is precious. Whether they know it or not, this is an unbelievable opportunity to get better. If you are second team, you are a play away. If you are second team you could be first team. There are jobs at stake. Get ready and compete. We have made some improvement. We need to keep coming every single day.”
Nutt said that a review of scrimmage film revealed efficient execution by the Razorback offense. The Hogs’ head coach also was encouraged by some traits of the
“When you watch the defense, the thing that I love about them is that they are playing awfully fast,” Nutt said. “We didn’t tackle. But that is actually the first time we have tackled live to the ground, so I’m not worried about that. The thing about our defense, when you look at the effort of each one they are giving it to us. They are giving us great effort. We are going to be quick. They may not be the biggest, but we are going to be extremely quick. If we keep working on the fundamentals of tackling, we are going to be all right there.”
One of the defensive bright spots on Saturday was redshirt freshman Rashaad Johnson. The younger brother of
“He is athletic and is rangy,” Nutt said. “He has made a play or two. He still needs to tackle better and get the feel of the game. Right now, he has made the fewest mistakes and that is why he is in the number one slot. He has some people on his heels. Some people are going to pick up their game. He has to keep coming.”
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Rod Coleman remained sidelined after slightly pulling a hamstring late last week. “It makes you sick for a guy like that to miss this much of the spring, especially when we were counting on him to make a move this spring,” Nutt said.
The Hogs will conclude spring practice on April 15 with the annual Red-White Game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. There will be no admission charged for the game.The spring game will kick off at 1 p.m. and will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by ESPNU. The network will televise the game at 5 p.m. CT on that Saturday.