Smith covered injuries and this week's game with Tulsa in his regular press briefing at the Broyles Center. He said he wanted "to get the Ole Miss game buried as quickly as we can," but he did cover some costly mistakes.
The biggest blunder was a blocked punt that set up one of three second-quarter touchdowns by the Rebels. Smith said that play bothered him because he's heavily involved with special teams.
"The number one thing (in the Ole Miss game) that stands out," Smith said was the blocked punt.
"About 95 percent of the time when you get a punt blocked, you are going to lose," Smith said. "That's one major thing. I take responsibility. That's on my shoulders. We should have protected it a different way than to ask a young man to do something he can't do."
Gragg is out this week after taking a hit on a rehabbed leg against Ole Miss, a 30-27 loss. He re-aggravated the knee and leg injury sustained against Rutgers. Smith said, "How long he'll be out, not sure. He's not going to sit and cry over it. We'll move on. We feel bad for him."
Running back Knile Davis is also out this week with a hamstring injury. The timeline for his return isn't clear.
Quarterback Tyler Wilson has a hip pointer, but he participated in the running Sunday night and will be ready for practice.
Running back Ronnie Wingo has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury. He should be able to play this week, Smith said.
Smith said the illegal formation penalty was on Arkansas. He said the formation "left doubt" in the mind of the officials. He said, "Was he on, was he off (the line)? We left doubt and in our mind, it's our fault."
Brandon Mitchell, suspended for violation of team rules, worked with the team Sunday night. But Smith said it was "still an internal matter." He said, "I don't have a lot of news there. When I know more, we can tell you. It's still up in the air."
Wilson said he knows plenty about the Tulsa program. He was committed briefly before Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino took over and extended an offer to be a Razorback.
"This is home," Wilson said. "I've never tried to live in the past or the what ifs. This is where I always wanted to be. I'm happy I came here. I just want to finish and not live in the past."
The "what ifs" came up several times during Wilson's visit with the media. He was asked if he thought back to what could have been different dating back to April -- when Petrino was fired. Wilson said that it's no different than looking back at the pass he missed in The Opening drive when the Hogs had to settle for a field goal or a delay of game penalty that he took later.
"It's blame," he said. "You can do that. But it's the cowards way out. Do I make that throw early in the game? Do I get us in the right play a few more times and keep us out of a bad play. I know you aren't going to be perfect, but when I watch film I do critique myself as hard as I can."
Asked about April, he said, "You can (go back), but you are doing the same thing I just talked about. You control what you control. I have to play quarterback as good as I can and hit Jonathan Williams out in the flat."
That play went for an incomplete pass when Wilson was low with the throw.
"That should have been a touchdown," Wilson said. "I throw that ball to him in the flat 100 times. I could do that with my eye closed. So that should have been a touchdown. We got three points instead of seven points. It was a four-point swing and we lost the game by three points."
The 3-5 Hogs play host to 7-1 Tulsa at 11:21 Saturday in Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Smith was asked if he understands the series against Tulsa, a team that always looks forward to playing against Arkansas.
"It's the big brother syndrome," Smith said. "I've been involved in those type games and I know they will treat it as such. That's what they'll be selling. They'll say, 'They come over here and recruit our players. We'll go get even.' I've sold that. They get an opportunity to go show the world that they are as good as the SEC. Why wouldn't they sell that.
"I understand. I hope our players do. We'll talk about it throughout the week. Our guys know they can't overlook anyone."
Wilson said he's respectful of the Tulsa program.
"They play really hard and I've always thought that about Tulsa," Wilson said. "I think they are extremely prideful. Football is big there. It means a lot to them.
"I know about Tulsa football. You have (the University of Tulsa) and you also have some great high school programs there in Jenks and Union. People in that community love football. They will be ready to play. It's a good program. I'll make sure my teammates know all of that. This is another big game for us this week."
The Hogs have had some good starts of late, but they have not always translated to victories. They were ahead 10-0 in the first quarter against Tulsa.
"We've had some good starts, but even this last week it should have been better," Wilson said when asked about second-quarter woes. "Is it focus? My job on the sideline is to keep our guys focused."
Cornerback Tevin Mitchel thought the Hogs had focus, but he thought maybe "Ole Miss outhustled us in the second quarter. We've got to continue to work on that in practice. I thought we came out energetic in the second half. We picked it up in the second half. We were ready to go and ready to play."
Smith, Wilson and Mitchel were questioned about UA desire for the rest of the way since they will need to win three of four games to make a bowl.
"I think our guys will be excited to play," Smith said. "It's Homecoming and it's going to be a good week. There will be a lot of family and people here. I think it will be rocking and our guys will battle. That's the thing about them all year, they've had character, class and displayed that as they've worked to get better. They are going to continue to do that.
"Our guys, as a team, continue to work hard. They are going to do that. If a guy isn't, we'll correct that and they will get corrected. Our guys want to play -- look at a guy like Ronnie Wingo. He wants to do whatever he can to play. He's asked to be on special teams. If you love the game, you are going to work hard and we'll demand it.
Wilson said, "We still have four games. I think our guys will be prideful. I've always felt that way. Even when I've missed things, I want to take ownership and be prideful."
Mitchel said he's with his coach that the Ole Miss game needs to be buried.
"He's right, you do need to bury it," Mitchel said. "That's life. You have to focus on what's next. Ole Miss has to be put behind us.
"The way I look at it, you play one at a time. You don't worry about a bowl right now. We do have four games starting with this week against Tulsa. That's a lot of time. If we continue to play them one at a time, you can go to a bowl."