Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said the goals are simple every day. It's a focus on eliminating turnovers and mistakes. It became obvious when the first words out of his mouth about Tuesday's workout -- after one week off for spring break -- that there were too many turnovers. And, he went simple when he was asked about goals for Saturday's first scrimmage.
"We will be looking for good tempo, rhythm and ball security," Chaney said. "I know it's cliche, but that's exactly what we will be trying to do."
Then, for good measure, he threw in the automatic.
"And, we'll try to be physical," Chaney said, "with the running game."
There were questions about the quarterback competition. Chaney said it was just that, "a competition." He said Brandon Allen and Brandon Mitchell got most of the reps with the ones in the first four days, noting that A. J. Derby got a few, too.
"Brandon Allen got a lot of first team time, as did Brandon Mitchell," Chaney said. "They are doing a nice job. But we were rusty as a group today.
"They are all playing hard. The competition is there. We will continue to compete.
"I'll say Taylor Reed is a challenge for me because he's a lefty. It's hard on me as a coach because I have to think about him in a mirror.
"A. J. Derby gives us some good things and Brian Buehner is doing some good things.
"It's a fun room. There is a lot of good understanding in this group."
Chaney said he's seeing less struggles with the change in terminology. He said there still are times that a quarterback says, "Oh, it's like we called that before. I don't want that. I want them to wipe the slate clean and not think that way. There is less and less of that, though. I do think they have a good grasp of concepts."
The quarterback coach said he is working on mechanics in the run game steps and ball security more than changing passing motions.
"I think at this stage, they are what they are with passing mechanics," he said. "You don't change that. What we are working with us steps and footwork. We are going to focus on that.
"The change in terminology, it does slow down the thinking. It's a foreign language, but that will get better. I'm encouraged by attitude and aptitude."
Ball security was a common theme throughout the first interviews. There is little doubt that's a focus, and a physical nature.
"We have worked on looseness (with the ball)," said senior fullback Kiero Small. "We have worked on that a lot. We gave up too many turnovers last year, too many fumbles. Our whole (running back meeting) room is working on that. I will say that coach (Joel Thomas) does a fabulous job with that."
Thomas, the running backs coach, said he's brought a multitude of drills on ball security.
"Some of them we had at Washington and Purdue," he said. "I've gotten them from the NFL. There are some that are from junior high. I'll use everything. We have a water ball that is heavy that you have to really work to keep tight. But we have straps. We have reach-from-behind drills.
"I'd say we are going to use everything. Maybe it's cutting edge stuff, but maybe it's old stuff. The kids see it. They embrace it. They are getting it right."
The Hogs have had only two days in pads, but the physical part has been emphasized all four days. There's been a constant reminder from every coach that it's going to be physical football.
"Coach Bielema is obviously very good," Swanson said. "That's something that's clear. All of these coaches are professionals and very good at what they do. We call grasped that very quickly.
"It's physical football. It's always reminded. It's always there to be discussed. There is much more preaching about the physicality. It's why you play as an offensive and defensive linemen. It's all about physical nature around here now. If you are going to be a successful offensive lineman or a defensive linemen, you play physical. That's every day football here."
Offensive line coach Sam Pittman noted, "It's not just about running the ball. You can be physical in the way you pass block. But I will say, most offensive line coaches prefer to run it. You don't have to worry about the pass protection in blitzes if you can run it."
Swanson sets the tone with leadership. The fifth-year senior is going to start for the fourth-straight season at center. So how are the Hogs lining up around him? David Hurd and Brey Cook are getting most of the first snaps at tackle. Luke Charpentier and Cordale Boyd are getting the first-team reps at guard. Mitch Smothers is swinging between guard and center, getting some first-team reps with Charpentier. Pittman also praised junior college transfer Johnathan McClure for his work at guard.
On Cook, Pittman said he wasn't sure how he'd do in space at tackle. But it's been good so far.
"Brey is playing faster," Pittman said. "The kid plays hard. I wondered at first how he'd do in space, but he's done well.
"I'm really proud of the way guys have worked. Obviously, they are Razorbacks so I'd say I wasn't surprised with their work ethic. You expect them to play hard. But they work hard, they study hard.
"Travis Swanson is a great one. He comes to the office for extra. He's a great player and a very good player, too. When you start with that kind of player in the middle, you've got a chance."
Thomas has praise for sophomore running back Jonathan Williams. And sophomore Kody Walker has done a little more work than expected after missing last season with a broken leg.
"He catches the ball nice, has a natural feel and I'm really excited about what he has to offer as he continues to get repetitions," Thomas said. "It's been a pleasant surprise to have Kody Walker out there. He's a bigger guy that we really want to keep developing him and get him through these injuries he's had and obviously, I see where the ceiling is for him. I think he has a lot of potential.
"Kiero Small, our senior leader, I'm glad he's back. He's had the redshirt to get the chance to come back. He's a physically gifted player. He gets his hat on defenders and he's not scared to mix it up one bit.
"Obviously Nate Holmes, he's probably the fastest running back I've seen in live person on my team. I've seen them on other teams every once in a while, but it's pretty cool to really watch him when he gets out in space and you see how fast he really is.