The Razorbacks open the season Saturday night in Fayetteville at 6 p.m. by hosting Jacksonville State.
"I know our guys are excited about being in the regimentation of game week," Smith said. "That's an exciting thing. We're excited as coaches to be there and excited as players to be there. Let's get going. I know we're fired up to be playing somebody other than ourselves. I know our expectations are high. I know the guys are going to go to the field this week and prepare well and be ready to go."
Smith met with media Monday for what will be annual weekly deal to review and preview upcoming games.
How did starting tailback Knile Davis look Friday night during a closed mock game when he got his first live contact since the previous August, when he suffered a season-ending injury.
Reports are that his first carry was a 35-yard gain on a night when Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson noted the first team offense had just two incompletions.
"He looked real good," Smith said. " He looked like Knile and the first time they tackled him all the way to the ground he coughed the ball up, but the ground caused the fumble, so it would not have been a fumble.
"He kind of went until we were tired of it, which was two," Smith added. "So he got plenty. It was enough. We didn't ease him into it, but right off the bat, give him the ball. He's ready to go though. He's excited and I think it was good for him without a doubt to take some hits and feel good about himself. Get back up, take a few more. So I think he feels good about himself."
Linebackers Alonzo Highsmith and Tenarius Wright and safety Eric Bennett – all of whom have battled injuries this preseason camp – were involved in the mock game as well.
"They all played with the exception we kept Tank from hitting anybody," Smith said. " Highsmith played most of the mock scrimmage. He's ready to go. His ham - his injury is fine, as is Bennett. Again you want to keep Tank from hitting until it comes game time, and that's what he'll do. But they'll practice all week. All those guys are ready."
Smith noted that cornerback Tevin Mitchel tweaked his hamstring and Highsmith had some congestion coming out of the scrimmage, but all should be practicing this week and playing.
"We've got one - Highsmith has a little congestion problem and we're changing his name to Highjones, because he's not very tough," Smith joked. He'll have to earn that Highsmith back."
Overall, Smith noted that the mock game was a very positive outing for Arkansas.
It was really a good night for us," Smith said. "Normally what you do when you have a mock game, you have part of your team imitating, part of your team is the opposition. And those guys gave us a great look. You can only get as much out of that scrimmage as any of the look you get. This is as good a look as I can remember. They really gave us a good effort.
"Some of the execution - again - we struggled with," Smith added. "But the effort was really good. So I think we got a lot out of it. We wanted to go in and play it kind of like a game. We got 40-something plays on offense, 40 plays on defense. Got a bunch of special teams stuff done. So that's what we wanted to get done."
Smith noted that offensive coordinator Paul Petrino would be on the field and defensive coordinator Paul Haynes in the coach's booth.
Arkansas also released its first depth chart on Monday.
Cobi Hamilton, Brandon Mitchell and freshman MeKale McKay were listed as the first-team wide receivers.
Hamilton was a foregone conclusion but Mitchell – the former back-up quarterback and rookie McKay emerged in camp.
(Mitchell is a) big body that runs and catches and is a factor out there," Smith said. "He can create some mismatches. He's just had a great fall camp. He creates some problems for people."
The same applies to McKay, who was the last signee for Arkansas in 2012
"(He's) had a very good camp," noted Smith, who notes that the big wideouts will help Arkansas out and be able to work underneath instead of always trying to hit a home run by stretching out the field.
The starting offensive tackles are Brey Cook and walk on David Hurd with returning starter Jason Peacock and Chris Stringer listed as the back-ups.
Alvin Bailey and walk on Tyler Deacon are tabbed as the starting guards with tight end Chris Gragg the man at his position.
Smith said that there were some players – who he would not name - who were "righting some wrongs" and might be missing from Saturday's game.
Peacock – who had some legal issues earlier this year – is thought to be one of those.
"There possibly is some people that are righting some wrongs. Correct. And, this is a perfect time to get them, We want the ship sailing right. If you have a, what do you call it, penance to serve, you'll get that done this week."
Smith didn't want to share any names.
"You wait til Saturday," Smith said. "You'll figure it out."
Senior Kiero Small is listed on the depth chart as the first-team fullback (backed up by Kody Walker) and a second-team middle linebacker.
"We've got to make sure that he doesn't wear down," Smith said. "… He really likes it. You can tell. But he's got to continue to get in even better shape, and he's in good shape."
Wright, Highsmith and Jarrett Lake (playing the hybrid Star spot) are listed as the starting linebackers.
The starting defensive line features ends Chris Smith and Trey Flowers with defensive tackles Bryan Jones and DeQuinta Jones inside.
Bennett and Ross Rasner have earned the starting nods at safety Mitchel and senior Darius Winston are the first-team cornerbacks to round out the defensive starters.
"We still have a ways to go (defensively)," Smith said. "But I really like our defensive front. I think that is going to be the key for us. Those guys staying healthy and that's where we have the depth. So we have to rely on those guys. And then again, we could be very, very good. We have to stay healthy at linebacker and in the secondary. We just, knock on wood, need to stay healthy and we'll be good."
Smith noted that Arkansas will definitely have some freshman playing Saturday – mentioning McKay and Keon Hatcher, linebackers Otha Peters and A.J. Turner and tailback Jonathan Williams.
"You're going to see a lot of these freshmen play," Smith said. "He's (McKay) gonna play. Hatcher's gonna play. Lot of freshmen are going to end up playing. We're going to play Turner. Peters is going to play. I could go on and on. There'll be a bunch of freshmen playing this year."
Even thought Arkansas has three tailbacks ahead of Williams, he is just too good to put a redshirt on according to Smith.
"I believe we're going to play Jonathan. In fact, we're scheduling him in on some special teams things. He's a good football player. He's mentally and physically mature as a freshman. He has great vision and is a good player. We kind of made the decision we're going to play him."
Jacksonville State – coached by former Razorback head coach Jack Crowe - upset Ole Miss in Oxford in the 2010 season opener.
" The way it is today, colleg football with the numbers and everything, you can't take anyone for granted," Smith said. "Because again, anybody can beat you. The field is so much more level today than it was, let's say five or 10 years ago. Everybody's personnel is getting better. That is what they've wanted to do of course with the spreading of scholarships and scholarship limitations. Everybody's better. So you better go to the field prepared and ready to go.
"Our guys are expecting a lot out from themselves and I'm expecting a great practice this week," Smith said. "So, I'm not looking for us to ... I guess you remind them. They know what's at stake. They know they have pressure on them. They know they have to perform, so I expect them to go to the field and do that."
The Gamecocks have a former Georgia star in tailback Washaun Ealy.
"Good football player," Smith said. "Any time you have a running back that good, I would say he's a special player. He can play in this league. They're going to have players that can play with probably anybody in the country. It's a matter of having been on different levels, I know that depth is probably their biggest factor. But they have players that they know can walk on the field and play with you.
"In the past, when I've been at those places, hey, we can play with those guys," Smith added. "Now, our seconds might not be able to play with those guys. But we'll have some real good players that can play with those guys. So that's the way they're going to come in here."
Crowe was the Arkansas coach when the Razorbacks suffered arguably the greatest upset in school history – a season-opening home loss to The Citadel after which he was fired.
I'm sure he's going to be motivated," Smith said. "I'm not real, real familiar. All I know is he was here and then some circumstances took place and he was let go. But, you know, I'm sure he's going to be motivated to come back and do well.
"They are coached well," Smith added. "They are a good football team. Everybody remembers a couple years ago they beat an SEC team. So, he's, I'm sure, excited to come back. We're going to be excited to play. "