Razorbacks return to practice

Wednesday, September 13th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said Tuesday his offense has to be prepared to adjust to some unique defensive sets by Boise State.

The Razorbacks (1-0) host the Broncos (2-0) on Saturday at War Memorial Stadium at Little Rock.

Nutt said he is familiar with Boise State defensive coordinator Brent Guy and said that gives him an idea of what to expect this weekend.

``They are a lot of eight-man fronts,'' Nutt said. ``They say 4-3, but they try to cheat that eighth man down there. They run to the ball very well and do a good job of pursuit and gang tackling,'' Nutt said.

Nutt said he recruited defensive tackle Bradly Phillips. ``He is a very talented inside guy. The linebackers are athletic. (Shawn) Sandoval and Kareem Williams should be back this week. Those are two athletic guys in the middle. I think they will try to mix it up. Knowing Brent Guy the way I do, I think they will try to blitz early and come after us,'' he said.

Arkansas returned to the practice field Tuesday after taking Monday off.

In past seasons, Arkansas took Sunday off before practicing on Monday. This season, the schedule is reversed.

``As coaches, we really like our new schedule,'' Nutt said. ``It gives the coaches a chance to really study film and give the guys a break so they can go be students. They come back really refreshed. On Tuesdays, people are really bouncing around. It seems like we have been practicing for a year and a half and defensively we have only played 37 snaps. So they are ready to play.''

Kickoff is 6 p.m., and the game is a sellout.