Originally created 12/18/00

Arkansas practices under sunny skies

LAS VEGAS -- The Razorback football team practiced Sunday morning under sunny skies with temperatures in the 60s while fans back home in Arkansas shivered in the 20s and 30s.

Coach Houston Nutt and his staff put the team through its paces during a brisk, 90-minute workout at Desert Pines High School, which will serve as the Arkansas practice site throughout the week.

"We had a very good day today (with) good concentration," Nutt said afterward. "Guys worked hard and moved around. We got some good individual work, along with some good team (drills)."

Arkansas meets Nevada-Las Vegas on Thursday in the Las Vegas Bowl. The timing of the game during the week means that Nutt and his staff have had to adjust their game-week schedule.

"This is kind of a Tuesday practice in our minds," Nutt said. "Tomorrow will be a Wednesday. So it's a short, quick week, but it's off to a good start."

He said he was pleasantly surprised by the precision his team showed during its first practice since Wednesday. "The effort, the first step, the ball-handling, throwing, catching ... it all looked pretty sharp for a first day," Nutt said.

After attending a performance by comedian Carrot Top at the MGM Grand on Sunday night, the Razorbacks planned to return to the practice field Monday at 9:30 a.m.

Kickoff for is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. Central Standard Time on Thursday. ESPN2 will telecast the game nationally.


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