Arkansas gets ready for Ole Miss

Updated: October 22, 2003, 8:44 PM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt says other players have to step in and fill the gap left by injured teammates.

The Razorbacks practiced for two hours Wednesday as the team prepared for Ole Miss.

Arkansas (4-2, 1-2 SEC) is still without tailbacks Cedric Cobbs and De'Arrius Howard.

Nutt expects Kyle Dickerson to start the game in their place. He said Mark Pierce, DeCori Birmingham and Brandon Holmes also are working on the position in practice.

"Kyle Dickerson will probably start. He knows all the blocking schemes and protections. He's been there and he deserves the start," Nutt said.

Adding to the injury problems, linebacker Jimarr Gallon was hurt in Tuesday's practice. Nutt said he has a high ankle sprain and it's unclear whether he will play Saturday against Ole Miss (5-2, 3-0).

Nutt said Michael Robinson and Desmond Sims are taking his slot.

"It's just that time of year when guys have injuries and other guys have to step up," he said.

Arkansas and Ole Miss know each other well, and the Razorbacks have had some success stopping quarterback Eli Manning in the past, but Nutt said preparations are tougher because the Rebels improved their running game.

"You've got to stop the run and when you load up on that you have to pick your poison and they have you out there one on one," Nutt said.

Kickoff is 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Oxford.

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