Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee made that clear Tuesday when asked about what he expected from his team when it opens the 2011 season Saturday night against overmatch Division 1-AA foe Missouri State.
"I want us to be efficient, I don't want to see us make a lot of penalties or be sloppy with the football," McGee said. I want us to be really efficient, play at a fast tempo, play at a fast pace. I want our technique and fundamentals to be sound.
"When we watch the film on Sunday morning I want to see us play and I want to see our kids do as they were as they were coached to do," McGee added. "That's something important. I don't want to see anybody making something up, acting out of character. I want to see them do what they have done every single day and what they were coached to do."
"I feel good," McGee said. "I know our players are really excited and we really are just concentrating on getting better. We want to come out on a daily basis and leave the practice field better than we were when we got there. I think they are concentrating and focusing on that.
"That is how you get better throughout the season," McGee added. "You try to find a way to get one day better."
Asked about the identity of the offense, McGee cited speed and experience such as with junior running back Ronnie Wingo and Arkansas' four veteran wideouts.
"It is definitely going to be about being fast," McGee said. "Our fast people are older players with those receivers, with Wingo being a junior. Those guys are pretty much the leaders of what is going on and they are fastest guys we have. I think that speed will be a big factor in who we are."
Wingo is set to take on a much bigger carry load this season with Knile Davis out of the season and McGee is already seeing Wingo be responsible about that.
"He has done a good job going into the training room every day and making sure his body stays fresh," McGee said. "It is something I know that I talked with him about when we were recruiting him. We had Michael Smith at the time and I thought Michael Smith did a really good job. He would go to class and come back to the training room. He would be in the ice tub. He would get a massage. He was always doing something to keep his body fresh.
"…Nowadays I see (Wingo) in there," McGee added. "He's not injured. But I see him in there just keeping his body fresh because you are going to take a pounding in this league playing tailback."
Senior De'Anthony Curtis was moved back to tailback from cornerback and has flourished in practice according to McGee.
"He was recruited here to be an offensive player," McGee said. "The thing with De'Anthony is that he is such a team player that he just wants to do whatever he can to help us win. When we ask him to move back and take a look at it, he was all for it. Whatever it takes for us to win – especially my senior year.
It was a really smooth transition because he understood a lot of our terminology," McGee added. "We do have some new wrinkles and some protection things he had to pick up on, but he understood our base terminology and our core offense."
McGee stressed that Curtis was a highly-recruited running back so this is a kid that knows what he is doing.
"When we recruited that kid there were a lot of teams that came in on him," McGee said. "We came in with a staff transition and he had committed already I believe. A lot of teams all over the country came through here. There was a night when I was down there and there was another head coach in the home. When the coach left, I stayed there and we were talking with his parents and his dad said ‘man, we are Razorbacks. We grew up here. We want to be Razorbacks.'
"I think that had a lot to do with it," McGee added. "He grew up as an Arkansas Razorback and he wanted to graduate and be a part of what we have going on in our program and he wanted to do whatever he could to help this program win. That is what it is all about."
Curtis is happy about the switch.
"It is a blessing," Curtis said. "Not everybody gets this opportunity and I am just happy to have another opportunity to get back there and go roll. It's not been that tough. I was back there for two years so it is just about hearing the plays over and over again and getting my footwork back down again. I'm ready."
Arkansas running backs coach Tim Horton praised Curtis.
"De'Anthony has done great and he has always been a great attitude guy and a hard-working guy," Horton said. "We are thrilled to have him back as a running back. He has done well and there is no doubt in my mind that he will play well."
Horton noted that with junior Dennis Johnson not practicing and "obviously not 100 percent yet", Arkansas will send rookie Kody Walker out as the third tailback.
"I know that Kelvin Fisher is one some special teams and he will get some special teams work and I would like to think that Kody Walker will get some snaps in the game," Horton said. "Kody would be our third for this week. He has gotten better. He is smart kid, he knows what he is doing out there and he has adjusted to the speed of the game fairly well and I think he will do well."
Those quarterbacks and wide receivers should be helped by the fact that Arkansas' foes will have to pay attention to a mobile quarterback this season.
"It is always good to have a mobile quarterback because a defense can have the right coverage called, they can understand the route concept and match all the routes and cover everybody," McGee said. "But then the quarterback takes off and he runs for an eight-yard gain. So you have to have somebody responsible for the quarterback running, it is hard to cover every route combination and concept. It is always fortunate to have mobile quarterbacks and we are fortunate we have a few in our program right now."
One thing that Arkansas has spent time on this season is the NCAA's new celebration rule.
If you celebrate or taunt an opponent before crossing the goal line, that touchdown can be wiped out.
"We have spent a lot of time with it because it is a critical (rule)," McGee said. "Somebody is going to caught at some point. That call is going to decide a game at some point during the season.
"We had some calls last year," McGee remembered. "We ran the pass to Chris Gragg at Georgia when Ryan (Mallett) ran the fake and hid the ball behind him and threw it to Chris. He ran down the field and just raised his hand up on about the 10 or 15-yard line. I believe that would be a penalty nowadays. It would be 1st and 10 at the 25-yard line and that would not have been a touchdown.
"Or when Jerico (Nelson) caught an interception coming this way and dove in the end zone," McGee said citing another TD that would have been wiped out.
"The key to it as far as a quarterback coach – and what the rule states – is that if a quarterback throws a pass and the receivers catches the ball and is running into the end," McGee said, "like the play Cobi (Hamilton) made right before halftime in the LSU game, and Ryan from behind everybody would have done anything to taunt the crowd, that is a 15-yard penalty from where the foul occurred. Which means that play would have moved all way back to the 10-yard line. So yes, we have spent a lot of time on the rule."
McGee has made it a point to stress the rule to perhaps the most excitable and talkative Razorbacks.
"A kid could be just running down the sideline and get emotional," McGee said. "Joe Adams – he is notorious about that. I have spent a lot of time talking with him about high-stepping or dragging his feet before he goes into the end zone. We don't want anything like that to decide a game because our goal – and you guys know – is to win them all."