"I know everyone is excited around the state, but our expectations within the team are greater than that of the fans," Bailey said Wednesday night at the team dinner to start fall camp.
A handful of Razorbacks met with the media during that team dinner on Wednesday night in the Miller Room of the Broyles Center. Fall practices begin at 3 p.m. Thursday on the intramural fields.
"It is exciting," safety Elton Ford said. "The team is very excited. We are ready to get going.
"I can only speak for the defense, but we are really excited that we are starting. I think we feel as a defensive unit that this is going to be a great season. And we know that the offense is always going to hold up their end of the deal."
Ford said the team has had a great summer in the strength and conditioning program. He cited newcomers Robert Thomas at defensive tackle and cornerbacks Kelvin Fisher and Tevin Mitchel.
Ford is hopeful he has more speed.
"I'm a little leaner," he said. "I probably one or two percentage points down in body fat. I hope that makes me more agile and allows me to be better in coverage situations. That's what I worked on this summer. I didn't lose a lot of weight, but my body (fat) is better."
The heat was mentioned by most of the players, but none thought it would cause problems. Record high temperatures -- near 110 -- have hit the Ozarks.
"It's hot, but we get good care by our trainers and our coaches watch us," Bailey said. "We just have to take a lot of water. I don't think it's going to be a factor, really."
Center Travis Swanson echoed that sentiment.
"As far as the heat, we have a great training staff who will make sure we're taken care of," Swanson said. No one ever drowned in sweat so I think we are going to be alright."
Swanson said it was the same for every other college team.
"It is going to be hot everywhere else and we all know that," Swanson said. "We are just ready to get to work."
Ford said, "I see that it is setting a record around here. That surprises me a little. But it's just as hot where I grew up in Georgia. So I've been in this kind of heat before. We'll be fine. We have trainers who know what to do for us."
The Razorbacks will practice on the Arkansas intramural fields instead of on their normal practice fields.
"It'll be a fun - a little change of venue," Swanson said. "We are just ready to get started at it, regardless of where we practice." Junior wideout Cobi Hamilton did mention it was a little different to not be in the same place.
"I drove by there the other day and saw all of our stuff out there and wondered what's going on?' But it's only going to be for a week or so, so we will just deal with it."
Bailey said he's seen good progress with a rebuilt offensive line this summer. He raved about the work freshman tackle Brey Cook put in the past few months since enrolling for the winter term.
"I think Brey Cook has had a great summer," he said. "We've had some other young ones, Mitch Smothers and Marcus Danenhauer, have shown they are picking things up fast. They fit right in with their technique and they've looked good to me. Those three stand out to me."
Swanson thinks this is the best offensive line recruiting class he has seen in his three years at Arkansas.
"All of the linemen - offense and defense - have been really impressive," Swanson said. "It is one of the better-looking classes in the three years that I have been here. They are going to be a big, big help for us."
Bobby Petrino goes through the food line.
Travis Swanson (far right) sits at the dinner table.