"They are more athletic and have more speed," Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said after another rainy practice Wednesday. "As far as what they do, it's not going to be a lot different, except more fluff, more motion and things like that.
"But they have a world class sprinter. He's one of the three fastest out there. That's what is different."
Robinson said it was mostly good news after grading the video of the opener against Tennessee Tech.
"Our technique grades were not as high as we might want, but our assignment grades were alright," he said. "Assignments were decent. We had a couple of mistakes, but it was good. I thought we adjusted to the pace of what was going on and did a nice job.
"As the game went along, I thought our guys got more comfortable with what they were doing. We might have made a mistake here or there, but the good thing was we were doing it full speed."
"It was a good game to build on because some of the things we believe in and preach about you could see," Robinson said. "For instance, the final few frames of each play on the video, you could see nine, 10, 11 defenders showing up to the ball. We really ran to the ball."
The video confirmed a "solid" game from weakside linebacker Anthony Leon, making his first start after moving from free safety.
"The production, when you talk about eight tackles, four lost yardage plays and a couple of sacks, the video showed that he was pretty outstanding," Robinson said. "All those things don't just happen unless you are doing things right. That was pretty good production. He made some mistakes, but he was going full speed."
Robinson was pleased overall with a couple of freshmen playing with the backups. Nose tackle Byran Jones and cornerback Eric Bennett both got a lot of snaps in their first college game.
"Byran Jones, bottom line, he's a man," Robinson said. "That's what he is. Assignment wise, you could do better. But technique wise, he was outstanding. He doesn't get off his feet. He's strong in there. He shoots his hips and stays on his feet.
"Eric did alright. He got beat on a play at the line of scrimmage, but he recovered. He might be a little light as far as technique, but he's going to get better."
Defensive end Jake Bequette said there is always room for improvement.
"I thought we could have gotten more pressure up front and helped out our secondary a little more," he said. "But we probably didn't have a lot of mistakes. There were some little things that could have been better. We just have to get more pressure so we don't give up as much in the pass game. It starts up front with us."
ULM enters with a redshirt freshman quarterback, something the Hogs understand.
"They don't have a lot of experience," Bequette said. "That means you want to get after the quarterback, put pressure on him from the start. We don't have a tape on them since it's a new coach in his first game, so what we know is that we have to play fast and physical and make adjustments as we go.
"I just remember two years ago against this team and we didn't play too well. We have to improve on that."
Will this be a barometer on how far the Hogs have come?
"I don't think we want to look at it that way," Bequette said. "I know we have made strides. How far we've come doesn't matter right now. Maybe some day we can look back and say that, but not right now. It's not time for that. I know we have a long way to go. That's the focus, where we are going, not where we've been. We'll talk about that later."