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Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett (shoulder) went through practice Tuesday, though receivers Joe Adams and Greg Childs did not practice as both continue to recover from ankle injuries suffered against Ole Miss Saturday.
Mallett said he felt “100 percent” after being knocked out of his second consecutive game. He suffered a shoulder injury Saturday and didn’t return after the first of two weather delays.
“It was just a bruise,” Mallett said. “We just had to get the blood moving and circulating.
“It’s a relief just to know that I’m ready to go 100 percent on Tuesday and not have to wait. That’s a frustrating thing when you’ve got to wait all week.”
Razorbacks offensive coordinator Garrick McGee wouldn’t didn’t comment on either of the injured receivers, other than to say he was unsure of their timetable for a return. Instead, McGee chose to talk up their replacements.
“Lance Ray did a really good job today and Julian Horton was a kid we were really high on in the recruiting process,” McGee said.
“They had a good day. I liked the way we practiced today. The kids were fast and they were concentrating. We had a good meeting day yesterday so we were pretty ahead of the game plan and they understood what we wanted to get done. I thought they did a good job of executing today.”
Arkansas (5-2, 2-2 SEC) continued to score points even without Mallett, Adams and Childs in the game Saturday, a 38-24 win over the Rebels. For the second consecutive week quarterback Tyler Wilson was efficient off the bench.
In his last two appearances, Wilson has completed 30 of 41 passes for 403 yards and four touchdowns. Arkansas’ efficiency without its starters is a testament to hard work by coaches, McGee said.
“It says that we’ve recruited a lot of good players,” McGee said. “It says our kids have a lot of pride in what we’re doing and our coaches are doing a really good job of coaching everybody in their meeting rooms and a good job of explaining that everybody has a role, and you never know when you’re number is going to be called or what you’re going to have to do throughout a game.”
The No. 19 Razorbacks will host Vanderbilt (2-5, 1-3) this weekend in Fayetteville.
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