Razorbacks Continue Cotton Bowl Preparations

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback football team continued to look sharp during its recent practice sessions as it completed a 90-minute workout inside Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion. Interim head coach said the Arkansas players have conducted themselves the right way in preparation for the Cotton Bowl Classic.

“We’re very pleased with the players’ attitudes so far,” Herring said. “You’re always looking for something to bark about but I can’t bark right now. These guys are giving us what they have—the focus, the intensity, the competition and I’m just really proud of the players.”

After sitting out Friday, Marcus Monk returned to practice Saturday. Herring said the senior receiver moved around well and adds an element to the Razorback offense that is missing when he’s absent.

“It’s always a good thing when Monk is out there,” Herring said. “We’re trying to be smart about this and try to get guys to the bowl game and it was his day to work today and like I’ve said, when he’s out there obviously there’s a difference.”

Senior fullback Peyton Hillis sat out during the practice as a precautionary measure to rest as the bowl game approaches.

“It’s just one of those things going through football,” Herring said. “It’s just a matter of resting his legs and he’ll be right back with us. It’s just one of those aches and pains that goes with practice.”

Herring talked about the challenges of facing a strong Missouri offense and all of its weapons.

“They’ve got more than one challenge and if you just talk about (Jeremy) Maclin, then you’re probably disrespecting about four other guys,” Herring said. “There’s a reason why (Missouri) is so explosive on offense.”

The Hogs will return to practice Monday. Log on to www.hogwired.com for more news about Arkansas football.