"Today was good," Petrino said. "We looked sharp. We understand the importance of the game and we are excited to go play."
Petrino said defensive tackle Byran Jones is out with an ankle injury. He will not play against South Carolina. He missed all of the week's practices.
Wide receiver Joe Adams has gotten better each day and will play, unless there are any setbacks in the next 48 hours. He's battling back from an ankle injury sustained against Ole Miss. Petrino said he hit top speed at several points in Wednesday's workout and was good enough they added punt return duties to his practice drills Thursday.
Defensive tackle DeQuinta Jones is still day-to-day. Jones has hit all of the required duties in coming back from his suspension last week because of a marijuana arrest. Petrino said he would make a decision on Jones closer to game time. Petrino said he has practiced well.
Petrino said he's liked what he's seen from leadership from within the team this week.
"We've had a good week of practice," he said. "Our offensive line has shown a lot of leadership. We've gotten better there each week. They've become more emotional leaders. Our running backs have been good leaders, too. We really have thrown and caught the ball well this week."
Petrino was asked if any team really focused on running the ball against the tough front of the South Carolina defense.
"Not really," Petrino said. "Alabama didn't really try to establish the run. We are going to try to run the ball."
Defensively, the Hogs will have to contend with standout freshman running back Marcus Lattimore.
"All the running backs we've faced are different and some of them very good," Petrino said. "But he's really powerful and a good runner. Lattimore is very good in the hole. He has very good hips and he has some wiggle for a big back, very good mobility."
Petrino said the South Carolina passing game is well conceived and the Hogs will have to change coverages to be successful.
"You have to change and disguise because there's nothing that Coach (Steve) Spurrier hasn't seen," Petrino said. "He's got a play for every coverage and scheme. So it's not doing the same thing, mixing it and changing it before the snap. You can't stay in something long and you better change it at the snap. If they recognize what you are doing, they are going to attack it.
"They are good against press coverage. They do a lot of things well. You better play the quick screens well. They are good at hitting the spot throws on those screens to different players and backs. "