Arkansas players feel the heat

Updated: August 14, 2003, 8:50 PM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Bright sunshine helped warm up the Arkansas football team Thursday during a workout in shoulder pads, and coach Houston Nutt said some players felt the heat for the first time.

"You could tell they were a little tired," Nutt said. "We had a few that felt sorry for themselves, but we've got to pick it up. We needed the heat."

Thursday was Wes Murphy's first day of practice with the team after he was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. Doctors said tests showed that playing football would not pose a threat to Murphy's health.

"He's going through the drills and he's been cleared, so that's a big lift for our team," Nutt said.

Matt Jones and Ryan Sorahan, sharing duties at the head of the team's quarterback corps, came in for praise from the Arkansas coach.

"Ryan and Matt, because they've been here the longest, are doing a good job," Nutt said. "They know what's going on. They both look good. Cedric Washington, you can tell he's been here at least a spring. Robert Johnson and Landon Leach have a lot of talent, but they have to keep learning. I'm proud of all of them."

The offense is also getting a lift from the performance of senior Cedric Cobbs, Nutt said.

"Cedric is running and hitting the hole better than he's ever hit it and that's what we're asking him to do," his coach said. "Run for four yards first as fast as you can, and then let Mother Nature take over and run with your eyes. Once he's in the secondary he knows what to do. We don't want any dancing to the line of scrimmage. He's been hitting the hole and I've been real proud of him."

Arkansas opens its season Sept. 6 at Fayetteville with a game against Tulsa.

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