Razorbacks Wrap Up Preparation for SEC Opener

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. The Arkansas football team completed its final practice Thursday before heading to Tuscaloosa for the conference opener against Alabama. The Razorbacks put in time working on special-teams situations and other game-like scenarios during the 75-minute session.

Head coach Houston Nutt feels his team has prepared well and is excited about Saturday’s game.

“We had a good day today,” Nutt said. “Our guys are very anxious to get on that plane and get going. It’s SEC time and we’ve had two good weeks, so now it’s time to take it to the field.”

Quarterback Casey Dick will be running the offense after what Nutt called two good weeks of practice and work for the junior signal caller.

“If (Casey) can take it to the field and manage the game the way he managed it (against Troy), take care of the ball, throw it to our guys, get us out of those bad plays—he doesn’t have to be Superman each play—just execute and take care of the ball, he’ll be fine,” said Nutt.

For the second game of the season, Nathan Emert will be listed on the depth chart as the No. 2 quarterback behind Dick.

“(Nathan) Emert will stay right where he is. He knows and understands (the offense) a little better,” said Nutt.

Nutt said the coaching staff had decided to sure up some areas on the special teams by traveling a few more players for kickoff and punt coverage that may need to contribute if needed. He also said Marcus Monk will not travel with the team to Alabama, but will stay in Fayetteville to continue rehab on his knee.

The Razorbacks’ game at Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium will be televised Saturday on ESPN at 5:45 p.m. CT. For continued coverage and news about Arkansas football, log on to www.hogwired.com.