"At this point, they know how to work," offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said. "They know what we expect from them. They come out with a good attitude. This a good team with really good character and good leadership."
McGee said practices on Tuesday usually have a few glitches because it's the first time each week for them to see the new game plan and differences in scheme for a new opponent.
"Things can get botched on Tuesday, but I think we had a good day," McGee said. "We practiced really good, with a lot of emotion and energy."
McGee said it was as good a performance in the game against South Carolina as the Hogs have had this year.
"It's good when you get your best performance in a really big game and we did," McGee said. "We played well in all three areas. There was a lot of the game where the offense was executing well with all 11 players. You don't always get that, but we did. I thought our players really executed."
Offensive guard Wade Grayson said, "We kept the same tempo with this practice that we've had all year. We know this is a game where we are going to work to send the seniors out the right way. It's an important game for the seniors since it's our last one."
Grayson is one of the seniors.
"We talked about that, sending them out right," Mallett said.
Mallett was asked if this could be his last time to play in Reynolds Razorback Stadium. He's a junior, but a high spot might await him in the NFL draft if he leaves early.
"Maybe," he said. "Maybe."
There was no maybe about the way Cobi Hamilton played against South Carolina. He stepped up in the absence of Greg Childs.
"I knew he would," Mallett said. "I've been playing with Cobi for seven or eight years. It was just one of those things where you finally get a chance that you are going to make sure to do something with it.
"That's one thing about this group of wide receivers, they know not to get mad if my receivers don't get the ball -- because they know I'm going to get it to them eventually."
Mallett thought it was one of his best performance "because of the way I spread it around. It probably was in that respect."
McGee said Hamilton's play was not a surprise.
"It was another case of someone stepping up when someone goes down," McGee said. "Greg is a guy I call a 'ringer," someone who really impacts a game. He's one of those impact players in our conference. But Cobi is a very good player. He's a big target and a natural guy as far as hands and catching the ball. Since he and Ryan are from the same high school, they know how to find each other. I knew he would step up."
McGee said the Hogs will have to figure out some nuances of a complex UTEP defensive scheme, including a different approach to the zone blitz.
"UTEP does some things that are a little different in the zone blitz," he said. "They'll play zone with man-to-man behind it. We will have to be sharp to pick up that pattern."
Defensive tackle Byran Jones, out last week with an ankle sprain, returned to practice and rotated with the first unit. Dennis Johnson did some light jogging. It was the first time for Johnson to have any movement at practice since surgery for internal injuries after the second game of the season.