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Nutt picks Dick to start over Mustain

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt on
Wednesday named Casey Dick as the starting quarterback against No.
6 Wisconsin in the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl, but he said Mitch
Mustain would also go into the game for the third Arkansas series.

Nutt said how the two play early in the game will determine
which of them gets the majority of snaps for the remainder of the
game.

"Both of them had great attitudes, both of them worked
extremely hard and both of them deserve to play," Nutt said. "We
are going start out with Casey. He will take the first two series
and then Mitch [Mustain] will come in for the third series and then
we will play it from there."

Nutt called off a practice that had been set for Wednesday
afternoon so players could get a jump on Christmas break. The team
will gather in Orlando on Christmas night. Nutt said his team had
"an excellent nine practices," which earned them freedom from the
last Fayetteville workout.

The attention surrounding the No. 12 Razorbacks of late has been
greater than the competition for quarterback.

Receiver Damian Williams was granted his release after Williams'
parents and the parents of Mustain and receiver Ben Cleveland met with
athletic director Frank Broyles after a regular season that saw the
team use a run-oriented offense.

Also, Mustain was quoted in a book about last year's Springdale
High School team in which he suggested Arkansas would have a better
chance recruiting him if Nutt were fired. Mustain has since said he
apologized to his coach. Mustain, Williams and Cleveland all
attended Springdale.

As a starter this season, Mustain went 8-0, but he was pulled
from the South Carolina game after his first pass was intercepted.

Nutt said Mustain has improved in bowl practices.

"Totally, totally different the last nine practices than it was
from the South Carolina game on," Nutt said of Mustain. "You
could just tell the way he was throwing, the way he was thinking."

The team is to gather in Orlando on Christmas night and has a
practice scheduled for 2 p.m. on Dec. 26.