Paul Haynes said those three "didn't miss any reps" this week. The defensive coordinator said all "have been getting their wind back," and he summarized that it's been a good week for them.
"I'm doing very good," said Bennett, returning starter at safety and slowed for the first two weeks of fall camp with a hamstring injury.
"The hardest thing was running myself into shape. You just can't stop when you are tired. That's how I've done it, just kept going. I've tried to keep my juice going. I told the other guys if they needed juice to come to me, because I've got it."
Bennett said he was 100 percent recovered.
Highsmith has also been recovering from a hamstring injury. He made it through a few days of camp before he went down to the injury.
"I've progressed each day and each week," Highsmith said, later noting, "I'm ready as I can be. I'm anxious to be out there. I'm not doubtful. I'm ready. I feel fast. I don't have any problems with conditioning or fatigue. There aren't any problems."
Wright said he was frustrated by the time he missed after "taking a hit" soon after the team donned full pads in camp. He did not participate in the open scrimmages in camp. There were reports that he sustained a concussion, but he said it wasn't that.
"It was just a hit," he said. "But when we got to the contact, the (trainers) just wanted to play it safe. We were doing a lot of banging and they wanted to take precautions."
Wright explained away one myth of fall camp. Some thought it was a hit initiated by Knile Davis in that drill. He said he went back to look at videotape to see exactly what happened. It was a block by fullback Kiero Small that dazed the inside linebacker.
Haynes said he's been pleased with the work Highsmith and Wright have gotten this week. He has noticed solid communication between the two seniors, although neither have played linebacker in the same set until this week.
"They communicate very well," Haynes said. "It's good to see. They are always talking, always pointing. They are on the same page as linebackers. It wasn't like they weren't out there (in camp). They were in so many walk throughs."
What's the key for the opener to Haynes?
"I think it's execution and make sure we are tackling well," he said. "What the game comes down to is just like Kansas State that we had a few months back, the option and tackling in space."
Haynes was the defensive coordinator for the Cotton Bowl, but he looks forward to his first game experience in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
"I'm excited," he said. "It's the first time for me in this stadium, running through the A.
"It's also going to be interesting to see this young defense. It's our first game. I want to see how we are, how mature we are, how we make adjustments. There is going to be something happen, some adversity and I want to see how we handle it."
Bennett said the Jacksonville State option game is the primary concern for the opener.
"The key is to be real disciplined," Bennett said. "You have to keep eye contact with your keys. They have a great back."
What will be the identity of this defense?
"I think we have to stop the run," Bennett said. "We want to make them pass and fight them for every inch. We want to play mad."
Bennett said he's excited to be on the field for the opener. He said early in his injury rehabilitation there was a period when he feared the worst.
"I thought maybe I wasn't going to be back for the second week or the third week of the season," he said. "But the training staff made progress fast."
Highsmith said it was the first time he'd ever faced a hamstring injury.
"It was so tough at first because I'd missed spring and I was so ready for camp," he said. "I just had to push through it. I watched our young guys in our scrimmages and I couldn't do anything. That made me so eager."
Highsmith said there's a good feeling on this team because both offense and defense wants to take control of the game.
"We want to control our own destiny (on defense)," he said. "We want it to be in our hands. But the offense wants the same thing. It's a good thing when both the offense and the defense wants the spotlight. Nothing but good can come from that."