Sunday, December 30th, 2007


DALLAS – The No. 24 Arkansas Razorbacks concluded preparations for the 72nd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic by practicing just over an hour in sunny, ideal conditions at SMU’s Ford Stadium. Arkansas (8-4, 4-4 SEC) will square off against the No. 7 Missouri Tigers (11-2, 7-1 Big 12) in the Classic on New Year’s Day.

The Hogs worked out in helmets, “skulls” and shorts, as is normal for their scheduled “Thursday” practice, on the two grass fields adjacent to Ford Stadium. Arkansas focused today on special teams, passing drills and the two-minute offense.

Arkansas head coach Reggie Herring was pleased with how practice has gone for his team since its arrival into Dallas on Dec. 26.

“I feel as good as I can feel about our practice this week,” Coach Herring said. “I guess we’ll find out how practice was this week on Jan. 1. Things get a little repetitive now. When you have this long between games, half of the battle is going to be which team can come out ready. The start of the game will be critical.

“Today was more of a mental practice than a physical practice. I’ve never really liked the ‘Thursday’ practice, because the intensity is usually not there. I thought today was a solid ‘Thursday’ practice for us, and now it’s time for the players to get ready mentally and spiritually for the game.”

Coach Herring said his team has the highest respect for the Missouri Tigers, champions of the Big 12 North.

“We’re going to get our best from Missouri. We have a lot of respect for what they’ve accomplished this year. Coach (Gary) Pinkel has done a tremendous job there. They’re ranked No. 7 in the country and are a proud bunch. We better have a chip on our shoulder on Tuesday.”

Senior fullback Peyton Hillis was held out of practice for the second day in a row as a precaution after tweaking his hamstring earlier this week. He is expected to be ready for the Classic on Tuesday. The rest of the squad is at full strength for the game.

Tomorrow the Razorbacks will visit the Cotton Bowl stadium for the first time this week with a “walk-thru” from 3:00-3:40 p.m. The walk-thru is CLOSED to the media.
The 72nd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be televised nationally on FOX Sports and broadcasted nationally on Westwood One Radio. Kickoff is slated for 10:40 a.m. CST on New Year’s Day.

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