HOGS BRUSH ASIDE DISTRACTIONS; FOCUSED ON CLASSICDALLAS - The No. 24 Arkansas Razorbacks held practice in brisk but sunny conditions on the practice fields behind SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium as preparations continued for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on January 1, 2008. Arkansas (8-4, 4-4 SEC) will face the No. 7 Missouri Tigers (11-2, 7-1 Big 12) on New Year’s Day.
The Razorbacks took off the pads for today’s practice as game day approaches. “We are winding down with one more practice left,” Arkansas Head Coach Reggie Herring said. “We take the pads off, get our bodies right, our legs right, and get in the right frame of mind for the game.”
Despite all of the activities occurring during Cotton Bowl week, the Arkansas coaching staff is getting the team focused on the game in three days. “We are toning things down,” Herring continued. “We have to make a mental, spiritual, and physical transition.”
The Hogs worked on special teams plays during practice, but also showed good production in offensive sets.
“Offensively we ran 60 perfect plays,” Coach Herring said, “and had two offsides. We had excellent focus, concentration, and wisdom. We are starting to focus in.”
Senior fullback Peyton Hillis was held out of practice today as a precaution after tweaking his hamstring. He is expected to be ready for the Classic on Tuesday.
Saturday evening, the Arkansas players and coaches attended a Texas Two-Step Western Party held at Eddie Deen’s in Dallas.
Tomorrow the Razorbacks will practice at Ford Stadium from 11:10 a.m.-1:10 p.m. Media may obtain video footage in the first 20 minutes of practice; however, practice is CLOSED to the media following the 20-minute video window. Players will be off limits for interviews, but Head Coach Reggie Herring will be available at the Head Coaches’ News Conference starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Omni Mandalay Hotel.
-- 72nd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic --