That was the assessment of Razorback head coach John L. Smith on Friday afternoon before he played in a golf tournament in Bella Vista.
Wide recievers Marquel Wade and Maudrecus Humphrey and tight end Andrew Peterson are all still suspended after being arrested this spring for burglary.
"…I would like to give every kid an opportunity to correct the problem and that is what we are trying to do," Smith said. "That is what we are allowing them to do – correct the problem.
"To report on them as individuals, I don't really want to do that now, but that will be solved one way or the other by camp," Smith added. "The only thing I can say is that regard is that they are not in the press guide now."
"It probably will be resolved by then," Smith said.
One interesting note was the confirmation that Arkansas back-up quarterback Brandon Mitchell has been working some at wideout and tight end in voluntary workouts this summer.
"We would like to get Brandon on the field and he would like to get on the field," Smith said. "So his ability to work at that spot – and he is a good enough athlete –he certainly should be out there (on the field). It would be a shocker if you saw him out there playing some wide receiver and tight end and all of the above (during the season). But he will continue to work at both."
Smith noted that his football team seems to be ready and excited to go.
"The off-season has been good," Smith said. "The players have been excited and working hard. The leadership role of the seniors has been great. They are taking charge and they are leading. They are going to the practices and they are running the workouts. It's been good, real good."
"The first semester of summer school has been good and we just have to get through the second semester I guess and get to camp," Smith added.
Smith noted that the players' infectious attitude has carried over to the coaches, who are all now back from vacation.
"The players are as fired up as they can be and if they are fired up, we are fired up," Smith said. "The staff, it has been good for them to get away a little bit. I have been there most of the summer, which has been great to put your arms around the kids and take care of things if need be.
"I"m looking forward to it," Smith added. "The energy that they have been displaying carries over. It's infectious. So I'm ready."
Several of the Razorbacks have recently been nominated to national watch lists for their different positions and 10 players were named to the Coaches' All-SEC team released on Thursday.
"We met as a team the other day and talked about the awards," Smith said. "As a team, we're about team awards. If we get team awards, the individual awards will be icing on the cake. What we're concentrating on is team winning and team awards, because the more you get as a team, the more you get as an individual and our guys are trying to embrace that."
Smith noted that team success is the key.
"I'm a big believer that if you win and do those things as a team, the other things will take care of themselves. The more we do as a team, the more we get as individuals."
Smith noted that the veterans have told him that the incoming signees – all of whom are here except for linebacker Vin Ascolese – are fast.
"This class comes in and say 'coach, these young guys can run,'" Smith said. "Our vets will say those guys can fly. The basic attitude has been that this is a real good class. It's a great group of rookies that need to get bigger and stronger, but they all pretty much have a great workout. This is a great looking crew."
Ascolese has graduated and is having his academic situation reviewed. "It's wait and see on that one," Smith said. "It might be a situation where he ends up grayshirting and coming in during December."
Arkansas believes it has plenty of offensive weapons, but need its defense to step up this season.
"On defense, we're going to be good up front," Smith said. "Linebackers are a bit of a question mark, but once we get into camp, that'll be answered."
Smith notes that freshman linebacker Otha Peters could likely be pressed into service beside starters Tenarius Wright and Alonzo Highsmith.
"We may have to rely on some young guys like Otha might have to step up and play as a freshman, but Tenarius will help us and Highsmith is looking good and strong coming back," Smith said. "I think we'll be pretty decent in the secondary. We may have to play some young guys like we did with (cornerback) Tevin Mitchel. And we may have to do that again, but hopefully in a more limited role than Tevin did."
Smith was an assistant at Arkansas along with most of the current staff and now is their boss.
"Even though you look at it and say 'they work for you now,' that's not necessarily the case," Smith said. "They do, yes, but I want them to feel and I think they do feel like we work with one another. Even though I'll make final decisions in certain areas, I think they feel like they work with me. It's been very easy."
Wade was likely going to be the punt return to replace Joe Adams, but Arkansas will give freshman Nate Holmes and junior college transfer Demetrius Wilson will be given a chance to earn that job.
"We have got some young guys out working on that," Smith said. "Nate has been working on that, Demetrius Wilson – although he has only been here a short period of time – is working on catching punts.
"Dennis Johnson should be and probably will be placed in that role more," Smith added.
Arkansas has six opponents that will have not have played the previous Saturday ahead of the date when they play the Razorbacks.
"Hopefully we are going to be good enough that they need those," Smith said.