"He's very, very good and he's been in big games and won big games," Petrino said. "I know he'll have a very good game plan for us."
Petrino has praised Price all week and that didn't stop. He knows the Miners have a big bag of tricks. Price is known for his trick plays.
"We ran some of them when I was with them," Petrino said. "They run reverses off kickoff returns. They've got them all.
"We've looked at a lot of trick plays this week. We've tried to show them a bunch. We'll have to be ready for all of it.
"They had the fake quarterback sneak with (Drew) Bledsoe (at Washington State). He acts like he's going to sneak it, backs up and then hits the go route to the wingback. They have it all. We have to show all that stuff to our safeties, our safeties on special teams, make them aware of all of it."
The key for the Hogs, Petrino said, is to play a physical game.
"We want to wear them down," he said. "They will come out fast and we have to handle all that they give us and then wear them down."
Petrino said Joe Adams worked some as a punt returner after taking two weeks off of that assignment. However, the coach wasn't clear if that's how the Hogs would line up against UTEP.
"We are still looking at that," he said.
Defensive tackle Byran Jones improved during the week after missing last week's South Carolina game with an ankle injury. Petrino said he watched Jones during Thursday's practice to check his movement and it was better than early in the week. He did not announce a decision on Jones' playing time against the Miners.
Petrino said it's an important game with seniors playing their last game in their on-campus home.
"We have made it important to send them out the right way," Petrino said. "Our seniors have provided great leadership. It's a special class. I noticed that in the winter, how they took care of things and the bond they had with this team. You could tell this might be a good group and they've done a good job of leading this team.
"You get the feeling that this is an important game for them and also that our younger players want to send them out the right way. We've had a good week of practice. We've practiced hard, like we have all year."
Petrino said running back Dennis Johnson has had a good week in his rehab from internal surgery following the season's second game. Johnson has done some workouts on the side in shorts this week along with weight lifting.
"He's been lifting and is very sore, but he's glad to be out there and it's great to see," Petrino said. Johnson will not play the rest of the year.
Petrino said he looked forward to perhaps watching the video on the Internet of a group of Razorback football players jamming with the band drum line at a concert.
"I haven't seen it, but tonight is family night," he said. "Maybe my family can find that for me on You Tube. That's where it is, right? I heard about it. They told me they were doing it. Was it any good?"
Someone told Petrino it was similar to the way his team performed last week at South Carolina, outstanding.