"Knock on wood," Caldwell said, "and I don't want to jinx them, but they've both kicked very well in camp. John Henson has done well as the backup, too."
Caldwell said Hocker's accuracy in camp has been tremendous. He said Breeding continues to add to his flexibility and ability to deliver high quality punts.
"We have put a little more pression on Dylan to do a few more things as far as directional (punting)," Caldwell said. "I think Dylan was amazing last year. I had been telling him to keep working on his flexibility and that's helped him."
Caldwell said Dennis Johnson has stepped forward in the role of punt returner. He's been the lead man on kickoff returns. He will likely be joined by Ronnie Wingo on kickoff returns, but Nate Holmes is vying for time there, too. Keante Minor might join Johnson on punt returns as the up back in a two deep setup.
Caldwell spoke to the media after the evening practice in Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Hogs worked at the intramural fields in the morning when they scrimmaged for about 30 minutes. There were no new injuries, but several front-line defenders sat out.
In the scrimmage, quarterback Tyler Wilson completed 15 of 18 passes. The work came as scouts from eight different NFL teams watched. Wilson completed his first 14 passes, including five to receiver Cobi Hammilton.
Linebackers Tenarius Wright and Alonzo Highsmith, cornerback Tevin Mitchel, safety Eric Bennett and defensive tackle Byran Jones were withheld from the live tackling drills, as was running back Knile Davis on offense.
Defensive coordinator Paul Haynes said on Tuesday he didn't want to rush Wright (concussion), Highsmith (hamstring) and Bennett (hamstring) back too soon from recent injuries. All three went through practice on Tuesday.
Jones, who got plenty of work in the afternoon, suffered an apparent hand injury earlier this week, while Mitchel is slowed by a groin injury. Mitchel did take limited repetitions in several drills at full speed in the afternoon workout. Redshirt freshman Davyon McKinney worked with the first-team defense at cornerback.
Caldwell said he was pleased with the attitude of the team and the obvious ability to grind through fall camp.
"They seem to have a different attitude," he said. "They do grind. They are working hard at their goals. They don't have a lot of down days. In the past you had to play the role of cheerleader. Not with this team."
Center Travis Swanson said that change is easy to understand.
"We grind because we have a lot to prove," Swanson said. "With everything that has happened, there have been a lot of questions about us. We want to prove everyone wrong."
Swanson said he sees a lot of improvement on the defensive side of the ball, one of the major question marks with this team. He points to the arrival of new defensive coordinator Paul Haynes before the bowl game and continued improvement in the spring and fall.
"The defense is doing great," Swanson said. "They've improved dramatically.
"I think what you've seen from Coach Haynes and his scheme has really helped. There is a lot more to it than there has been in the past. They fly to the ball."
Swanson sees improvement in the offensive line, too.
"What I see the most in the line is better chemistry," Swanson said. "We are all very close. We didn't have that in the past. We do now."
Swanson likes what he sees from Alvin Bailey, perhaps in his best condition for a fall camp.
"I think Alvin is down to around 300," Swanson said. "Close to it, anyway. He's quicker. You watch on tape and he doesn't get tired. You notice that."
Asked about the performance in camp of weakside tandem of Tyler Deacon and David Hurd, Swanson said, "I love it. They are just hard workers. They are going to get better every single day."
Caldwell contines to like the work of a deep cast of freshman defensive ends. Ideally, he'd like to get two from that group playing time this season. Some days it looks like it's going to be JaMichael Winston and Deatrich Wise, other days it appears Brandon Lewis and Taiwan Johnson could be that duo.
"We'd like one or two (to play)," he said. "It's going to be a tough decision. I couldn't tell you who is going to emerge from that pool just yet because they are all are doing well."
Caldwell said it's been a typical camp for freshmen, really at all positions.
"They've hit a wall in the last few days," he said. "They get leg weary and they are having to think too much. It's such an adjustment. But we think that's going to start to get better starting next week."