Wilson, trying to battle back after missing last week's game because of a concussion, was not one of the players who came to the interview room after the workout, but teammates agreed with Petrino that the senior signal caller had a good day.
"He looked good," said Travis Swanson, junior center. "Really, we all had a good day. There was a lot of energy out there today. Everyone looked great."
Wilson was critical of the team after 52-0 loss to Alabama, saying that he felt some "gave up" at times. Teammates seemed to shrug off those comments Tuesday.
"He's our leader," Swanson said. "He's the spokesperson for the team. Whatever he says goes.
"We are used to seeing Tyler vocal. We don't usually see him so angry. But we were all angry after that game."
Did the team respond?
"I think you'd have to say we did," Swanson said. "Because practice was great. Today was phenomenal."
Junior Brandon Mitchell said Wilson did more than last week in Tuesday's workout.
"Tyler looked great," Mitchell said. "Last week he was out there running skelly. Today, he was was more hands-on, making checks and things like that. He looked really good. It doesn't like he's missed a beat at all."
Wilson wasn't cleared by doctors for the Alabama game after sustaining the concussion against Louisiana-Monroe. Petrino was vague when he was asked if Wilson was cleared to play this week against Rutgers.
"I just take it one day at a time," Petrino said. "They let him practice today. It was a good day. He looked really good today. He looked great. He was on fire. His arm was good. He was fresh."
Asked if Wilson did everything in a normal practice, Petrino said, "Yes."
Petrino was also asked if he thought the team responded well to the comments Wilson made after the game Saturday.
"When Tyler Wilson steps on the field, they are going to play for him," Petrino said. "They all responded today. They worked hard."
Petrino said the hard work needs to continue.
"It's time for everyone to step up and do their job," he said. "The time for talking is over. We are going to grade effort in practice. Those that give effort are going to be the ones who play."
Swanson said the offensive unit has spent a lot of time with Wilson the last two days watching video.
"It's been the last two days with him," Swanson said. "We are watching tape and trying to figure out everything we can to play better, fix every little thing. I think we all know we have to find a higher level.
"We didn't like where we were and we don't want to stay there. I don't think we've ever been really there before. We are used to winning. This is new to the whole team."
Running back Knile Davis said he didn't read Wilson's comments or see any video. He knows only what was being said on Twitter.
"I heard he said some things," Davis said. "I know he was angry. So were the rest of us. It was an emotional time. All of us were emotional. We really need to just go get a win."
Petrino said that he's looking for Wilson and Davis "to will the Hogs to victory." He said now is no different than any other time.
"Our best players need to go make great plays," Petrino said, slamming his open palm onto the podium for extra effect. "They need to will their team to victory.
"We need a victory this week. I'm not talking about the past. I'm talking about this week."
Petrino said Wilson got 50 percent of the quarterback snaps on Tuesday with Brandon Mitchell and Brandon Allen splitting the rest evenly. Mitchell was at wide receiver when Wilson was at quarterback.
Petrino said Davis needs to play better than in the first three games.
"There were a couple of times that he looked pretty good," Petrino said Davis' performance against Alabama. "But he has to play better. We need a big run from him."
Davis said, "Every game, I'm improving. It is a lot like 2010. I remember that year, I didn't get but 48 against Alabama. I've just got to keep doing the little things right. I have to improve everything and it will get better."
Davis, who missed last season, also said the fumbles have to stop now. The Hogs had eight fumbles against Alabama, losing three.
"The bottom line, we have to stop the fumbles," he said. "Now."
The Hogs have done extra work on ball security the last three weeks and stayed with a circuit drill in Tuesday.
"It's not about doing extra work, it's about stopping them now," he said. "We can't fumble again."
Petrino said, "The turnovers are real disappointing. It's just bad. A lot of them are not caused, like when you fall to the ground, you put your arm out. You can't do that. We've taken the first 10 minutes the last three weeks to work on those circuits. We just have to take that to the game now."
The white helmets were new to practice, but a team spokesman said there has been no decision to use them in games yet. They have to go through a break-in period before they can be used in games.
"I think we have to sweat in them a little first," said Swanson. "I think we all like them. I couldn't guess when we'll use them in a game."
Davis said, "They have us looking pretty good. Nice is what I'd say about them. We are just breaking them in. Everyone is glad to have them."...
Freshman back Nate Holmes switched to the defensive secondary in Tuesday's workout. He opened the season as a running back and is the number one punt return specialist.
"As of right now, he's at cornerback," Petrino said. "We don't have enough depth there. He's a fast athlete. He's excited. He wanted to help the team and get on the field."...