September 6, 2006

Building on positives

Arkansas had a good day of practice for 40 periods in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads as they prepare to take on Utah State Saturday at 6 p.m. in Fayetteville (Ark.).

Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt said the offense and defense spent the majority of practice focusing on third down situations, goal line work and correcting mistakes. Both the offensive and defensive units are trying to polish the gameplan, and Thursday will be a mental day. Ball handling, penalties and lining up correctly are a few of the mistakes the team made last Saturday in a 50-14 loss at the hands of Southern California.

"You look up, and here it is - it's Thursday again. The weeks start coming faster and faster, and you've got to be ready to go," Nutt said. "Don't give them anything. Make them earn it, especially when it's third down. Our defense made a great stop, and it's all for not when you line up offsides."

Nutt said the players performed well and that they just need to stress keeping a low pad level in certain short yardage situations. The quarterbacks also performed well today, with newly anointed starter Mitch Mustain receiving most of the snaps in practice. Casey Dick saw all the other snaps. The team is rallying behind Mustain, who is only a true freshman, according to junior three-year starting defensive tackle Marcus Harrison.

"I've got a lot of confidence in Mitch," Harrison said. "He's the guy. Coaches in their staff, on our staff I should say, put him as the number one guy, so he has my trust."

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