"I don't see it like it's me against him," Wilson said. "What we are trying to do is make sure when we were out there, both of us move the team down the field. I don't even see it as with the ones or twos when we are in practice. It's about running the play and moving the team."
Mitchell said the same thing in a little different way.
"Really, we are helping each other," Mitchell said. "We are in the meeting room together going over each play together. We were together. We aren't working against each other, but with each other."
That's what it looked like Wednesday when both quarterbacks were superb, both in pass skeleton passing drills and two different live 11-on-11 live sessions that saw the offense roll up huge numbers. Both quarterbacks were nearly flawless no matter if they were with the ones or twos.
However, there were enough mistakes or lapses that head coach Bobby Petrino lined up his team for 40-yard conditioning runs afterwards. There were eight different 40-yard sprints with sharp words from the boss at the start.
"We have been doing some hurry-up offense that we might need some conditioning for and that played into it, too. Some conditioning will help.
"It also sends a message to the leaders to take care of it within the team. We will do that. We have to show leadership and make sure that it won't happen again."
Mitchell said, "It was motivation for the leaders. We want to be national champions. We have to take care of that and not let it happen again. We weren't satisfied with what we did today. We are pushing the tempo and we have to be ready for it."
McGee, the quarterback coach, called the conditioning runs just a "way to make sure we stay healthy." Back to the competition between Wilson and Mitchell, he said both have made progress since Saturday's scrimmage.
"We didn't do a good job as far as the quarterbacks in the pre-snap reads," McGee said. "We weren't the best we can be at understanding the pressures. We didn't do some things like run checks. But we are two days better. The (scrimmage) seems like a long time ago with where we are with meetings and practices since then."
"We are," he said. "I think we've tweaked some things and made some progress. We've learned some of our strengths. We learned some things to get the defense on their heels and done a better job as quarterbacks and as an offense."
Obviously, the no-huddle stuff might play to Wilson's strengths. He was a no-huddle quarterback in high school. He seemed comfortable running that offense the last two days.
"I've done that," he said. "I like it. What we've seen the last few days is a young offensive line do a great job of learning it. I'm more confident in the no-huddle."
Wilson was not an option quarterback, but he's done fine with it this week.
"I love it," he said. "When we get the defense in a set and have them spread out and can use our speed, it's a great look."
McGee didn't get into the playbook, but he did say the Hogs have talent at quarterback.
"When Mitchell got here, he couldn't complete a pass," McGee said. "He really committed to getting better. He's really worked on his technique. He's got a long way to go, but he's a natural leader."
Back to the battle, McGee said, "It's an open competition. The only way to be fair is for each guy to get some repetitions with the first team and the second team. It's going to be good for the battle. It's a heated battle. This is an offense that is going to put up some huge numbers and it's an important battle for both of them."
Some of the big numbers came on straight handoffs Wednesday. Ronnie Wingo was outstanding in the run game. He had runs of 29, 7 and 62 yards during the first live session. The big one was a fake reverse.
"He's definitely made a commitment to run better," McGee said. "I challenged him. He's a big man, nearly 6-2 and almost 230. But he was running too light, not like a 230-pounder. I believe he's listening to his coaches."
McGee likes the give and take from one day to the next between the offense and defense.
"It's physical out there," he said. "It was physical today. What you see is the back and forth between offense and defense. That's how it is with a good team."
The Hogs will take one day off before finishing off the week with workouts Friday and Saturday. A scrimmage is planned for Saturday morning.