Bobby Petrino probably took a little bit of a gamble with an ambitious spring schedule with spring break coming after the first two days. But perhaps he knew exactly what he was doing.
"I thought it was going to be a little bit slow today after spring break," said Knile Davis, starting running back and team captain. "But it was a real good practice. Looks like the guys worked out during the break."
"We had a pretty good day today," Davis said. "I think the guys looked pretty good."
Quarterback Tyler Wilson was asked if he saw any slippage with the time off.
"It wasn't a step backward," he said. "It was a step forward today."
Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino was pleased, too.
"Things went extremely well today," Petrino said. "I thought the players did a good job."
One of the criticisms from head coach Bobby Petrino after the first two days of spring was the execution in the deep passing game. Wilson said that went better Tuesday.
"I think in the first two days we did pretty well with the underneath stuff and that's going to be the case when you first come back," he said. "We were missing some deep balls. And that's just timing. Today I know I hit some deep balls. I think if you keep watching we'll hit more and more this spring."
Wilson said Davis worked free for deep passes "a couple of times." The quarterback also said he found Marquel Wade on a few deep seams and then dropped in a couple to Cobi Hamilton on deep passes.
The Hogs are down one man on the roster after Jason Peacock, the returning starter at weak tackle, was suspended for an arrest during spring break. Peacock wasn't mentioned specifically by Petrino. He was asked, but said those kinds of questions would be handled by the head coach. He was asked who got the first snaps, David Hurd or Grady Ollison.
"We rotated them," Petrino said. "It's like any other position, you need someone to step up and go on."
Petrino was asked about the development at wide receiver through three days of spring drills. The Hogs are replacing Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs.
"The last practice before spring break, Julian Horton was awesome," Petrino said. "He made a lot of plays.
"As for today, I think Javontee Herndon and Marquel Wade had good days."
The Hogs had some contact on Tuesday, but not tackling to the ground. There may be some more of that on Wednesday. There will be a day off Thursday. A major scrimmage is scheduled for Friday. The scrimmage is the only practice of the week open to the public.
Petrino said the plan is typical of head coach Bobby Petrino's spring scrimmages.
"It will be a half practice and a half scrimmage," Paul Petrino said. "Coach likes to practice hard for an hour, get people tired and then scrimmage. That way you find out who takes coaching when they are tired."
One of the big questions concerns the return of Davis at running back. When will the bell cow runner step into a scrimmage situation?
"We haven't gotten to that yet, to be honest," Paul Petrino said.
Davis is hopeful that it's soon.
"I'm ready," Davis said. "It's a little nerve wracking to wait. The sooner the better is what I think. But that's up to Coach Petrino."
Would he lobby for scrimmage time?
"He'll know when it's time," Davis said. "But I think I need to get in there and take a lick. I like that part of the game. I need to get that first lick again.
"I don't really know what coach is going to do, but I love contact. I think he feels like I need to get hit and I think I need to get hit. You know there's a big part of me that loves to hit."
So where does Davis think he is after the layoff following surgery? Is he back to his old self?
"I think I feel pretty good," he said. "I think I think I am (back to his old self). I feel really good. I think I can cut. I feel good."