"It went well," Petrino said of the double practices Wednesday. "This is the hardest week (of camp). It's the time when you have to get up early, practice twice and just push through.
"Our team had its leadership show up for these two practices. We got good leadership Monday and again today."
One of the first questions Petrino received was the development of true freshman Mitch Smothers at weak guard. The Springdale product has worked with the first team for most of the last week, moving ahead of junior college transfer Jason Peacock. Smothers has displayed quickness and strength as a 6-4, 296-pound first year lineman.
"He's got great technique," Petrino said of Smothers. "He kicks and slides, shoots his hands. He's very quick. He's had some assignment errors where he goes the wrong way. He's learning new terminology, but I like him a lot."
Petrino said linebacker depth is beginning to improve with the addition of Alonzo Highsmith and Robert Atiga from the juco ranks and good camps by Braylon Mitchell, Terrell Williams, Brett Harris and Jarrett Lake.
"I like what I see at linebacker," he said. "Highsmith does a nice job. He's smart. He's from a football family. He understands the language. He's a good learning and he's come on fast."
Petrino acknowledged that depth was a problem at middle linebacker in the spring, but some of the thin nature of that position has disappeared.
"We worried about mike linebacker in the spring, but Terrell Williams has done a nice job and I like Braylon Mitchell and Robert Atiga there, too. Brett Harris and Jarrett Lake are having a good competition for the depth (behind Highsmith) at that second spot."
Petrino also likes what he sees at running back, despite the loss of Knile Davis, last year's leading rusher. He said both Kody Walker and Kelvin Fisher have stepped things up at running back.
"The freshmen running backs ran hard in our live work," he said. "They have to learn to keep their pad level. We want them to be the hammer. They saw what tackling is like at this level. Sometimes they were the hammer and sometimes they were the nail. They learned what college football is all about."
Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo sat out that live drill Tuesday. Wingo was sick and Johnson has a tight hamstring.
"I think Ronnie was fine today," Petrino said. "Dennis is still a little bit tweaked up. He's understanding what the grind is all about again. I think they are both excited about their opportunity."
Petrino said he sees Davis every day. He said he saw the running back lifting weights with his upper body Wednesday.
"He's already back lifting, training his upper body, trying to get back," Petrino said. "He's disappointed (over the injury), but you still see a smile on his face every day."
Petrino was asked if the quarterbacks are performing the way he wants through two weeks.
"It's never the way I want," he said. "I always want them to be moving a little quicker. But they are working hard, coachable and they'll get there."
The newcomers are getting extra doses in every workout, sometimes staying after the first two teams are done. That was the case Wednesday afternoon.
"We've got a good class," he said. "I see what we have at running back, quarterback, the offensive line, receiver, defensive line, linebacker and the secondary and I know we have a good group in this class. We've given it to them once and we'll start over on Monday and re-teach it then. I think you'll see them begin to play faster when we do that."
Arkansas worked two hours in Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Wednesday morning, the first half of the last day of two-a-days. The Hogs were in helmets, shoulder pads, but did not don leg pads. Hence, there was physical work for the linemen, but no live tackling.
Freshman defensive end Lonnie Gosha, nurshing an ankle sprain for over one week, returned to practice, but was limited. Running back Ronnie Wingo (stomach bug) returned to practice after making an early exit in Tuesday's lone workout.
The Hogs will practice again Wednesday afternoon to conclude two-a-days. They will have a closed practice Thursday, likely to scrimmage. They also will have a light scrimmage Saturday for fan day.
The practice Wednesday morning included crisp work in the passing game in both 7-on-7 and team segments. There were some mistakes. Quarterback Tyler Wilson and center Travis Swanson had two fumbled exchanges. After both times, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, with his voice weakened by fall camp, urged Wilson to work on his cadence call. Offensive tackle Jason Peacock, working with the second team, had two false starts.
Wide receivers Javontee Herndon, Marquel Wade and Julian Horton all had fine workouts with multiple catches. Wilson's passing was superb and on target throughout the workout.
There was a long period on kickoffs, both for coverage and return work. Zack Hocker kicked the ball to the 5-yard line when they were concentrating on return work that included deep men Dennis Johnson, Marquel Wade, Maudrecus Humphrey and Kelvin Fisher among others. When it was time to work on coverage, Hocker's kickoffs were high and deep. Most went 6-8 yards into the end zone with wonderful hang time as well as length. He appears to have the strongest leg the Hogs have had in that position in some time.