Robinson was the coach in the interview room after a two-hour workout in the stadium on a perfect day weather wise. One of the highlights on the day was the return of true freshman Quinta Funderburk, out the last two weeks for unspecified reasons. Funderburk's high school coach in Virginia had indicated earlier that he had decided to quit the sport. Obviously, that did not happen.
There was no tackling on the day, but there was plenty of contact. The Hogs are gearing up for the spring finale Saturday, the Red-White game set for 3 p.m. in front of ESPN national cable broadcast cameras. Robinson said it's an important situation for the Hogs to perform well and fans to step up because recruits will be watching across the country.
"We'll be going out on the road to recruit after Easter and there will be players watching from all around the country and we will be in their homes very soon," Robinson said. "It's important for us as a team and a fan base to put our best foot forward. We have a chance to make a good impression with these high school players. They will be watching."
"You like to see the fight and the positive was the fourth-and-1s (where the defense won seven straight plays)," Robinson said. "But we could play harder. We got some turnovers -- some interceptions and fumbles -- but we gave up a lot of big plays. In watching those, you could see lack of effort.
"We drove home that message that we have to continue to fight hard on every down. There were a lot of third downs we didn't make and that keeps you out on the field. Those were the things we talked about."
Linebacker Jerry Franklin said the first team defense was proud of the effort on the fourth downs. He said he's been through the springs at Arkansas win the defense didn't win many of those plays, much less all of them in a row.
"That was good," he said. "That shows where we've come to as a defense. We've improved. I think some of it was Coach Robinson just putting us in position with the calls. Then we executed them. We had a lot of different guys take advantage of the calls that were made and then make a play."
Robinson said he's been encouraged by the play of Greg Gatson at field cornerback. Isaac Madison (leg injury) and Darius Winston (academics) have missed time allowing Gatson to move up from the third group to log first team snaps. He's taken advantage of that opportunity.
"Greg has had a great spring," Robinson said. "He's displayed some courage. He's kept his head up (as far as technique) and tackled better. He's competed better as far as deep balls. That's been a major plus. He has some speed and his confidence has improved."
Gatson said, "I'm just trying to get better every day. Working against our wide receivers -- the best set in the country -- is going to make you better. I'm just trying to take advantage of an opportunity. I want to help this defense because what we are trying to do is win a national championship and you want to do everything you can to help get that goal.
"I have more confidence right now. I'm playing better. I've done better against the deep ball. I have leaping ability and I'm trying to compete when the ball is thrown."
Elsewhere in the secondary, it could be that the last week of spring will produce the deciding plays as far as who gets the nod in the depth chart at strong safety where sophomore Eric Bennett is battling senior Elton Ford. Bennett has gotten the bulk of the first team reps.
"Eric continues to work hard and has gotten better," Robinson said. "He needs to improve his leverages, but he's tackled well. Elton has had a really good spring. He's really helped the second team, working with those young ones at free safety. He's out there with them and helps them get lined up correctly. He's helped them. We have another week of competition (at strong safety) and the one that does the best on Saturday will end up number one."
Robinson called Tuesday's workout "quick and fast." He said the offense was in no huddle for a good portion of the day.
"That really prepares us to play faster and I think helps us," he said. "I think it's like the overtime period we had (in Saturday's scrimmage). That's good for us, just excellent for our defense."
As far as offense, it appeared to be an outstanding day for Tyler Wilson at quarterback. The junior from Greenwood, Ark., was consistently strong in his execution of the deep pass. He hit a long string of deep balls in several segments of practice.
It appeared that both offense and defense split into different practices during the team segment, much like they would in game preparation with the offense working against the twos and threes and the first team defense working against the twos and threes.
At wide receiver, Marquel Wade had an impressive day. The freshman produced several big plays and was also a factor in nice special teams work. Punter Dylan Breeding put together another solid day to continue a solid spring.
In the offensive line, Brey Cook and Grant Freeman got the bulk of the first team work at tackle. Anthony Oden missed some time with an apparent injury. The offensive line went extra, leaving the end of practice for an extensive session on the blocking sleds south of the stadium on the practice field.