"It's a good time for us to have a bye and we certainly have a lot of work to do get done this week," Petrino said on Wednesday morning's SEC Teleconference. "We had a really good practice yesterday. I was happy with it. It was a really physical and fast practice.
"It also gives us an opportunity to get the guys that need to get healthy healthy and everybody else to work on their technique and fundamentals to improve," Petrino added.
"It's also a lot of fun because we get to stay after practice and work with the young guys," Petrino continued. "I enjoyed that last night. We look forward to getting better this week."
While defensive end Tenarius Wright will still be out, tailback Ronnie Wingo, cornerbacks Darius Winston and Isaac Madison and defensive tackle Robert Thomas should be ready to go.
"I think so," Petrino said. "Most of them practiced last night and are doing a good job. We had a few guys in the Auburn game that were available to play and we just made a decision the way practice went throughout the week that we woud play the guys that practiced the most and did well in practice. It's not that they weren't healthy enough to play. We just chose not to play them."
Arkansas will practice on Wednesday and Thursday and then give the players the weekend off ahead of the following Saturday's game at Ole Miss, but not the coaches.
"We give our players the weekend off as far as Friday and Saturday and certainly get the extra time to prepare for our next opponent," Petrino said. "Our coaches will be out recruiting on Friday and going to high school games on Friday night."
At mid-season, Petrino is pleased with what Arkansas has accomplished, but wants his team to improve its consistency.
"I am happy with the fact that we are 5-1 and certainly we would have liked to have won one other one," Petrino said, "but we have had some good wins for us. I think that we have played well at times, but we are still working hard on our consistency on both sides of the ball and playing four quarters of the type of football that we want to play."
Redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Wilson has passed for 1,779 yards yards and 12 touchdowns with just three interceptions in his first season as a starter.
He is completing 64.9 percent of his passes (135-of-208) while also absorbing some brutal hits.
"I think he is off to a good start," Petrino said. "Again, we are working on consistency and we would like to be more consistent on offense and not have those drives where we are three-and-out and not converting third downs. He has shown he can make the throws that we need him to make and he is very willing to stand in there and compete. He has shown tremendous competitive spirit, which helps all of our offense."
One of his favorite targets is junior wideout Cobi Hamilton, who has 18 catches for 340 yards with a pair of touchdowns so far this season.
"Cobi has become one of our most consistent wide receivers," Petrino said. "He does a great job on running routes and catching the ball, running after the catch. I have been really happy with his ability to run after the catch after this year and make plays after he catches the ball. He competes extremely hard in blocking. He is very physical and he gives us a lot of energy. He is really working hard on being a great positive leader for us."
The Arkansas offensive line did keep Wilson on his feet during the Auburn game more than it had in recent games and the Razorbacks also had an improved rushing attack.
"We are still working at it and again we are not as consistent as we would like to be," Petrino said. "We have shown signs of playing the way we would like to. I think we are still ahead in our pass protection than we are our run blocking even though we are getting better at that."
Junior college transfer Jason Peacock has stepped in the starting line-up the last few weeks in place of true freshman Mitch Smothers.
"Jason is working at it and he is very, very good in the way he utilizes his technique when he focuses and concentrates," Petrino said. "I think the biggest issue with him is being able to focus and concentrate a play at a time."
Petrino was asked about senior safety Tramain Thomas, who was taken out of both the Alabama and Texas A&M games for performance reasons, but then bounced back with two interceptions last week against Auburn.
"He did a great job the other night of really reading the quarterbacks and anticipating what they were going to do, jumping on certain routes and having the instincts to know what was coming," Petrino said. "He played the ball real well in the air. He has done a nice job this year of playing the ball in the air and catching it with his hands."