Hogs Focused on Dangerous Rebel Team

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Cold weather blew into Northwest Arkansas Wednesday afternoon just before the Arkansas football team began its two-hour workout in shells on the practice fields south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

The defense moved inside the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion, while the offensive squad stayed outside and worked in the colder temperatures.

“We had a good practice again today,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “The guys really came out here and concentrated on their assignment and that has what I have really been proud of. We know we are playing a good football team. Forget about the records, forget about all of that, you are playing a good team that is very athletic, and you have to be ready to go.”

The Ole Miss squad comes into Saturday’s game with just a 2-5 record, but the Rebels have played well of late. Ole Miss fell to Alabama last week 26-23 in overtime and beat Vanderbilt in Oxford two weeks ago.

The Hogs’ defensive front that has played so well this season appears to be as healthy as it has been since the start of the season. Marcus Harrison is back to full speed at defensive tackle after knee surgery and Antwain Robinson’s hip flexor seems ready to go from his defensive end spot.

“We fell pretty good (about the defensive line),” Nutt said. “Just about everybody is practicing and that is a good feeling. We are getting close to getting everyone healthy.”

There are a couple of Razorbacks that remain banged up heading into Saturday’s 11:30 a.m. kickoff with Ole Miss. Cornerback Darius Vinnett and wide receiver Cedric Washington are both expected to miss the game.