Sorahan sharp on Thursday

Updated: August 29, 2003, 10:45 PM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Arkansas football team is getting ready for its season opener against Tulsa next weekend and is focusing on special teams.

Friday, rain forced the Razorbacks inside for an hour-long practice. The team planned to take the field for a rehearsal Saturday morning.

Coach Houston Nutt said he would emphasize several issues in preparing for Tulsa.

"We'll go through every situation from the huddle to the sideline organization," Nutt said. "It's basically a game that's already pre-scripted. We'll run full-speed plays, execute, do our jobs, get on and off the field, play the game and get ready."

Arkansas is working hard on special teams, and Nutt said he is confident in the abilities of veterans Marvin Jackson and DeCori Birmingham. Freshman punter Jacob Skinner also will see playing time.

Nutt also said the return of some injured players for the first game is questionable.

He said Arrion Dixon is making progress, but he wasn't sure if Jimarr Gallon could play by the Tulsa game, and doubted Tony Ugoh would be ready.

The Razorbacks take on Tulsa at Fayetteville Sept. 6. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

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