Still he made it clear that the seniors on this year's Razorback squad were not packing up the tent and calling it a season despite that disappointment.
"After we had a little get-out-the-soreness run (on Sunday), our seniors did go up and we just said the same thing I am saying up here today – just stay focused," Gragg said at Monday's Razorback press conference. "This is a new week. This is Alabama. We're 0-0 in the SEC, Our goals are still in place to win an SEC Championship.
"We even went back to 2006 when we lost to USC in the first game and everybody had written them off and then we win 10 straight and end up going to the SEC Championship," Gragg added. "Things like that happen all the time. It's just how you respond when adversity arrives."
"They were a little shellshocked," Gragg said. "They didn't know how to handle the media and some of the things they were seeing on their twitter and everything. We just told them, ‘it's been like this around here before. Losses happen. And that's why you play the game of college football. It's a new week. Keep going to work and try to get better.'"
Gragg did say the frustration from the fans was as much as he ever remember and he vows to play hard for the fans who stay with the team – and try to get back those who have leaped headfirst off the bandwagon because of the humbling loss.
"You were kind of shocked, but we come to work every day," Gragg said. "And I know there are still some out there rooting for us. And if they're rooting for us, those are the ones that we're trying to go out there and please. And if they're not, those are the ones we're trying to go out there and trying to turn around and get back on the bandwagon. We're coming in here every day to go to work and get better."
Gragg stressed that any fingers pointed had to be at your own self and not your teammate.
"You look at it yourself first," Gragg said. "You can't talk about anything else until you look at it from yourself. There's always something you could've done. Or something you could've done better to make the team win. And I think that's how you look at it. Just put it all on yourself. If everybody puts it on their self, we're going to come together and everything will work out fine."
Gragg and Razorback defender Ross Rasner stressed that the team was still solidly behind head coach John L. Smith, who took most of the wrath of the fans for the loss.
"We still believe in John L. 100 percent," Gragg said. "Everybody on the team does. Nothing has changed. We took a loss and we looked at it ourselves as players. We looked at the film and we've seen some things that we could've done right. People might talk about John L., but everyone in the Broyles Center that comes here every day and goes to work, we're still behind John L. 100 percent."
Rasner echoed those same sentiments.
"We always have our coach's back," Rasner said. "I don't think this game is a representation of what this team is about. Our standpoint is that we are 0-0 in SEC play. I heard a stat yesterday that Georgia started the season 0-2 last year and they rattled a bunch of wins off and they end up at the SEC Championship."
Rasner knows there is an outcry about the firing of former coach Bobby Petrino, but says that is old news and fans need to move on because the team has done so.
"We have all of our support behind him and we know that he has our best interest," Rasner said. "I know he is not focused on what all the naysayers are going to have to say. We have his back 100 percent. We are not even focused on what our previous coach would have done. We are here in the now and the present and that is what we are focused on."
Gragg tried to stress that his belief in his team has not wavered despite the loss and he still feels like the Razorbacks will find a way to top the Crimson Tide.
"It's a big game for us," Gragg said. "This is Arkansas-Alabama. We still feel like we're a top 10 team in the nation and we know they're ranked number one. They're undefeated and we have one blemish on our record. But we're 0-0 in the SEC and we know that this is a big game. Like it always is every year I've been here, it has a lot of implications on what happens in the SEC."
The Razorbacks could be without starting quarterback Tyler Wilson – who is day-to-day – and definitely will be without starting cornerback Tevin Mitchel and fullbacks Kiero Small and Kody Walker.
Wilson was replaced by redshirt freshman Brandon Allen, whose first drive resulted in a touchdown that put Arkansas ahead 28-7 early in the third quarter.
That was the last Razorback touchdown of the game as the Warhawks – who converted seven of eight fourth downs in the game - scored three touchdowns to tie it up and then won in overtime.
"I don't really know what changed," Gragg said. " I mean, Brandon Allen, we went right down and scored. There's a lot of things you can say. Some of the things as an offense, we didn't make some of the right plays blocking. We missed some catches. We had a few big injuries in that third quarter that slowed that game down. There's a lot of things you can say, but as a team I think we just need to make the plays and get better and get the win."
ULM quarterback Kolton Browning had nearly 500 yards of total offense and won the game with a 16-yard scramble on fourth and one in overtime.
"We knew coming into the game that their quarterback was a playmaker and he just did a good job scrambling," Rasner said. "I don't think it is a sense of communication or effort. I think it is just executing the game plan. Sometimes we had a spy on the quarterback and he just got away from us. We are all aware of our job, we just didn't execute the game plan the way we practiced all week."