Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Arkansas gets ready for Ole Miss
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt says other
players have to step in and fill the gap left by injured teammates.
The Razorbacks practiced for two hours Wednesday as the team
prepared for Ole Miss.
Arkansas (4-2, 1-2 SEC) is still without tailbacks Cedric Cobbs
and De'Arrius Howard.
Nutt expects Kyle Dickerson to start the game in their place. He
said Mark Pierce, DeCori Birmingham and Brandon Holmes also are
working on the position in practice.
"Kyle Dickerson will probably start. He knows all the blocking
schemes and protections. He's been there and he deserves the
start," Nutt said.
Adding to the injury problems, linebacker Jimarr Gallon was hurt
in Tuesday's practice. Nutt said he has a high ankle sprain and
it's unclear whether he will play Saturday against Ole Miss (5-2,
Nutt said Michael Robinson and Desmond Sims are taking his slot.
"It's just that time of year when guys have injuries and other
guys have to step up," he said.
Arkansas and Ole Miss know each other well, and the Razorbacks
have had some success stopping quarterback Eli Manning in the past,
but Nutt said preparations are tougher because the Rebels improved
their running game.
"You've got to stop the run and when you load up on that you
have to pick your poison and they have you out there one on one,"
Kickoff is 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Oxford.