The Arkansas offensive leaders were talking about the "bull in the ring" session to start Tuesday's football practice as the Hogs try to snap out of a 1-4 start to the season.
"I think the last time I've seen that drill might have been in the movie Blind Side," Hamilton said after the practice. "It got everyone pumped. I guess I've heard about that drill more than I've seen it. The offense got pumped when one of our freshman offensive lineman, Cordale Boyd, pinned his man. He got after his guy and was on top of him at the end."
Swanson said he knew something was up when a circle formed after the stretching and warm-up session. He said he saw a coach with a list of names, knowing the matchups had been picked.
"I knew what was up then," he said. "I think the last time we did this here was two or three years ago. We did it a lot in high school. It was pretty exciting.
"Cordale got us pumped. That was nice. You always love it when one of your freshmen offensive linemen does something like that. He did a great job and that was something different that helped us get going today. It was very intense."
Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said, "That's a good drill to produce some excitement, two guys going one-on-one. It gave us some juice. It was a good thing."
The Hogs haven't had much good of late, losing four straight. Petrino and the offensive players that came to the interview room Tuesday know they are moving the ball between the 20s, but failing in the red zone.
"We had five times we were down there (in the red zone) without scoring and that's 35 points," Petrino said. "We spent a lot of time on critical zone planning last week. We spent a lot of time the last two days on that, too. We've got to get more points and that's my fault."
Actually, it's probably a little bit of everyone's fault. Swanson said you can see something different go wrong on many plays. It's never the same.
"It takes all 11 on offense," Swanson said. "We have to be all on the same page. We have to work out those kinks. On offense, you just can't have errors. But they aren't drastic errors. They can be fixed. It's little things and usually different each time. It's not exactly one thing."
Petrino said it's still hard to believe the Hogs put up 515 yards of total offense with only one touchdown.
"We had four drives without scoring that were 10 plays, eight plays, nine plays and seven plays and didn't put up any points. So we better make big plays. We have to take the mentality forward that someone has to make that big play.
"We have to be the best when the best is needed. That means make the tough catch, the third down catch and the big run. We have to break a tackle. We have to have the quarterback put it on the money when it's really needed."
Petrino said quarterback Tyler Wilson "needs more help. Tyler has played good. When you look at it, he lost three receivers to the NFL, he's lost Chris Gragg (to injury). Cobi Hamilton has played good. Some of the young receivers have made plays. What (Wilson) can't do is throw the interceptions.
"Tyler has made good protection checks. He's made some good run checks. I don't mean so much changing plays as changing the side of the line the run is called. We had two big runs on his checks Saturday. He's just got to get some help. It takes 11 guys. He can't do it by himself."
Gragg did not practice Tuesday. He sustained a deep bone bruise to his leg against Rutgers and missed the Texas A&M game. He was at practice, but not in workout gear. He's still listed as day-to-day.
Safety Eric Bennett, who did not play against A&M, returned to practice. Cornerback Kaelon Kelleybrew, who sustained an injury above the shoulders against A&M, was at practice but working in a yellow jersey. Cornerback Tevin Mitchel, out since Louisiana-Monroe, was dressed out in full gear, but he's not been cleared for all action.