"I'm still learning names and trying to learn the strengths and weaknesses of our players," Haynes said Tuesday after Arkansas practiced for two hours plus inside Reynolds Razorback Stadium on a beautiful morning in the Ozarks.
That was in response to questions about the youngsters getting work as Arkansas continues to prepare for the Jan. 6 Cotton Bowl against Kansas State in Cowboys Stadium.
"What I can tell you is that all of them are trying hard and giving effort," Haynes said. "There are some new drills that they may not have seen before. They may not get it exactly right, but I don't see any frowns. If I tell them what they need to do differently, they are trying to do it.
"It's great to spend a little more time with the younger guys. It's all about getting their weaknesses stronger."
Haynes continues to praise the overall talent level of the Razorbacks.
"I think we are very talented," he said. "That's what excites me, the talent level. And what we have here is not so much broken. We have to do things a little more sound and make teams earn it a little more.
"I'm pleased with the way they prepare. The only thing I have to do is learn the pace of practice."
Haynes did not say the pace of practice is any different than what he saw at Ohio State. He did not compare. He did say that the coaching in the Petrino system is done in the meeting room.
"We don't stop to coach between plays," he said. "You coach in the meeting room. It's all about getting repetitions. You got to do your coaching in the meeting rooms. You don't stop and stop on the field. That speed is good because you get in shape."
Haynes said he continues to seek feedback from the players on what they can and can't do, especially the seniors.
"The feedback has been good," he said. "I want it. When they feel a part of the process, everything improves. I have relied on the seniors to give me (feedback). They have been through the thick and thin of it. I rely on them the most."
There has been good feedback up front from the coaches, too. Haynes said he relies on defensive line coaches Kevin Peoples and Steve Caldwell.
"Their knowledge of the front helps me," he said. "It's all about what you can do up front. I want it to be that there is not much thinking so they can play fast. I rely on their experience and their background on what this group can do."
Haynes said he likes feedbacks from the leaders of the defense. He's geting that from Jerico Nelson and Ross Rasner.
"You want the guys to tell you what's going on within the team and then help you police it," Haynes said. "And those two are giving me feedback. Those guys are giving us great leadership. Those are the guys who are going to grab another player and say this is what we need."
Peoples said the transition going from administration to the field is going well. Asked how his style compares to Bobby Allen, now with the cornerbacks, the new defensive tackles coach reached for some humor first.
"I'm a lot better looking than Coach Allen," People said. "Really, all we are doing is getting after it each day. We work hard and try to improve. That's the only way to do it.
"I think the guys are getting used to me. I think it's working well."
Interestingly, Peoples said he's spent more time in the offensive coaches meeting room in the last few months than with the defense.
"I was learning some things about offense from Coach (Bobby) Petrino and coach (Garrick) McGee," he said. "It's always good to get an offensive perspective on how things look. I learned a different side of the ball. It's been a great two years as far as that goes."
Peoples sent four players to the NFL during his time coaching defensive linemen at Arkansas State. What does he think of the talent in the Arkansas front?
"Athletes are athletes," he said. "We had some good ones at Arkansas State. We just didn't have the depth that we have here. The key is to go recruit more and keep getting NFL type athletes. We do have a little more depth right now than what I had, but we have to keep getting more.
"That's what I was busy doing last week, getting out on the road in an effort to try to find more."
Players have mentioned that Peoples has worked with them already in adapting some of the moves taught by NFL coach Pete Jenkins.
"Bobby did some of the same things," People said. "So we are both believers in what Pete teaches with the Eagles. I stole that from Pete a long time ago. So none of this is mine. But I believe in it. Maybe I am communicating it slightly different from what Bobby did, but it's the same stuff and the same terminology. I really believe some of the drills will help with their explosion."