"It sounds like a broken record, I know," Smith said after the Hogs practiced Wednesday. "We have to move on to this week's game. It's another chance to play the game.
"That's the good thing about sports and about playing football. Every week you get another chance. We are excited about this week and this opportunity."
Smith repeated himself when he was asked about the national statistics that put the Arkansas defense near the bottom in almost every category -- are those hard numbers to accept.
"It is," he said. "The main thing you can do is work to make things better. That's all you can do. That's our focus. The great thing about sports is that you get another chance to play."
The question might be who can play for this defense? Texas A&M feasted on an injury-riddled secondary that was without cornerbacks Tevin Mitchel and Kaelon Kelleybrew along with safety Eric Bennett.
Bennett has practiced both days this week and will apparently be able to play against Auburn, according to defensive coordinator Paul Haynes. But there has been no clearance for Mitchel and Kelleybrew.
Kelleybrew has a concussion after making a tackle against A&M. He is practicing with a yellow no-contact jersey. Mitchel is doing some things after missing three games with a concussion and gall bladder surgery.
The likely starters at cornerback are true freshman Will Hines and redshirt freshman Davyon "Sleepy" McKinney. Both went most of the way against A&M.
Haynes has been pleased with that duo's workout. Asked how have they practiced, Haynes said, "To be honest, great. I'm real pleased with how they have prepared. They've been aggressive in practice. We've got to be smart with them and not try to do too much."
But perhaps they are better equipped to do more than last week when Haynes said the plan in the red zone was to avoid putting them in man-to-man.
"We did more in the second half than early," he said, noting that there was a lot of zone earlier in the game because over concern for fade routes and a running quarterback.
"We didn't want to lose the quarterback," Haynes said. "We do have to mix coverages more. But what we do each week depends on what we are facing."
The goal is to create more turnovers. The Hogs are last in the country in turnover margin. Smith said there have been forced turnovers this week in practice.
"We are making them this week," he said. "Before this week we didn't. People may be surprised when we start making them. I was running to the ball today and Sleepy knocked one out and I got it and went with it.
"Before it happens in games, it's going to happen in practices."
Smith said he isn't worried about freshmen starting at corner.
"We had that last year with Tevin and he did well," Smith said. "These guys are going to play well, too. I told them today they were looking good and keep working hard. They are into their playbook. Our older guys are going to help them."
Linebacker Alonzo Highsmith said the same thing.
"Most of the time, freshmen can play better than you expect," Highsmith said. "Really, no one has any expectations for them. I told them to just go out there and have fun. I think we told Tevin the same thing last year and it worked out for him."
Auburn hasn't been strong with the pass, but Haynes knows that's where the Tigers will go first with the lack of success the Hogs have had in stopping the pass.
"I think they will come out and throw the ball around," he said. "We still are going to prepare for the run, but I think they will try to throw deep."
Haynes said there will also probably be a sprinkle of Wildcat formation, something Auburn showed against LSU. Auburn had a week off to tweak their offense and add to that package.
"They really like to show a lot of formations and spread you out," Haynes said. "They'll run some (two back), they'll run a lot of things. And they have very fast, powerful backs."