The Arkansas head coach said there will be no more talk about fast starts. He said it's like talking about fumbling, the more you talk, the more fumbles. So there will be "silence" on fast starts.
Petrino said his team is definitely not playing well right now, but he is pleased with the 7-1 record after playing three of the last four games away from Fayetteville beginning with a 6:15 p.m. game Saturday with South Carolina.
"We are looking forward to being back home," he said in anticipation of the match Saturday with the 7-1 Gamecocks.
"When we looked at October, our goal was to get back here 7-1," Petrino said. "We accomplished that goal. We are excited about that. We look forward to a top 10 matchup.
"It's going to be a fun week. We'll have great concentration and expect to have good focus and preparation.
"We are not playing well right now, but we are winning. I've had years where we were playing well, but we were not winning all the games. There's a lot to be said for that and I'm happy (for winning) although we are not playing as well as we'd like."
Either way, this is a huge weekend.
"It's a big game for us," Petrino said. "We understand the Alabama-LSU game, and that's an unbelievable matchup for our conference and for what goes on throughout the rest of the year, but all we focus on is our game and playing South Carolina.
"For us it is a huge matchup and a great game to have here in Fayetteville. We'll expect our crowd to come out and show up and do a great job like they did for the Auburn game, and start early and have a lot of excitement here."
The Hogs lacked an effective running game against Vanderbilt.
"I felt like the other day we got behind and our opportunities to run the ball were not enough," Petrino said. "They were moving their front and doing things, and it wasn't particularly enough called. You couldn't call runs enough, you had to just throw it and try to get back into the game, and that hurts us.
"I'd like to play a game where you're right in it and you're balanced run-pass on first down and you're mixing it up. We got to do that in the second half of the Ole Miss game and I thought we did it very well. Dennis (Johnson) didn't run the ball as well the other day as he did the previous week, but I thought Ronnie (Wingo Jr.) looked better. I thought he was running the ball physical and faster, and he showed that all week in practice."
Petrino was asked about Marquel Wade's hit and penalty. He said Wade thought the ball had been caught, so they will evaluate how the gunners are taught and how they find the ball. The other part of that situation, Petrino said what happened with Wade after the play and on the sideline has been addressed.
Wade was the first player to the podium. He had an opening statement to issue an apology to the "organization and to fans." He said he thought the Vandy returner had caught the ball. That's why he jumped up and down and realized later that the ball was not in his hands.
"I thought I made a good play," he said. "I was trying to go 100 percent. I was trying to play the game. I messed up."
Asked what fans and teammates told him about the play, Wade said, "I've heard a lot. Some say it was bad, some say it was good. I have to take that and move to the future."
Linebacker Jerry Franklin said Wade's intent was not vicious. He said the rest of the team understood that.
"Wade is a competitor," Franklin said. "He does the same stuff in practice and goes out and competes hard. He was just really trying to make a play and I told him to just keep his head up. As a team, we knew where his heart was and it wasn't vicious or anything. He was just trying to make a play."
Tenarius Wright, out since the Alabama game with a broken arm, practiced some last week and is 100 percent as far as leg conditioning. He has an "outside chance" to play this week against South Carolina. That will be evaluated later this week.
"Tenarius did some things in practice last week," Petrino said. "He's was in some aspects of the team periods and could play this week. He's got the leg conditioning, the change of direction. We'll check his arm out later this week and see if he can play."
Wide receiver Greg Childs injured his knee last Tuesday during what had been a very good practice. An MRI didn't show any structural damage and it was diagnosed as tendinitis.
"He was having a really good practice Tuesday and he tweaked the knee," he said. "He didn't like how it felt Wednesday and we decided to hold him back for this game and get it checked. The MRI was good."