Nutt pleased with offensive line in first full-pad practice

Updated: August 13, 2003, 8:48 PM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas practiced in full pads for the first time this season Wednesday in a workout that mostly tested the offense.

Coach Houston Nutt said his quarterbacks were a little off but praised the offensive line. He said Bo Lacy, Mark Bokermann, Jerry Reith and Dan Doughty protected the passer well.

"Those guys did an excellent job of picking up the blitzes from our defense," he said.

Nutt said the quarterbacks are picking up on new assignments that coaches are giving them but were inconsistent on their first day in full pads with defenders coming at them.

"That is a little bit different for them. There are some new plays, some new reads and that can make things confusing," he said.

Defensive back Lawrence Richardson missed his second day of practice Wednesday after having an abscessed tooth pulled. Coaches expect him to return for Thursday's workout.

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