"It was a good day," Petrino said. "I was happy just like yesterday. I thought the defense ran around and hit, got guys to the football. There were probably some sacks that were probably there that we didn't blow dead, because you don't hit the quarterback, and blow it.
"I thought our running backs ran well. I thought we broke tackles which is something we have been emphasizing, make yards after contact, hit and spin.
"You saw De'Anthony Curtis make a great run. Both the young big backs (Broderick Green and Knile Davis) had some good runs. Dennis Johnson had a real explosive run."
As far as quarterbacks, there was good and not so good.
"Quarterback wise, Ryan Mallett showed his ability to move in the pocket, keep his vision down the field and hit some big plays," Petrino said. "We threw the deep ball well. I wasn't real happy with the consistency in our quick passing. We have some work to do there."
As noted, there probably would have been some sacks had the quarterbacks been live.
"Offensive line wise, we some shoring up to do on the inside movement," Petrino said. "We kinda allowed our defense to angle and run line games. The offensive line quite hasn't caught up to that yet."
Petrino concluded, "Overall it was good."
Here are the stats from the scrimmage portion of the workout:
Ryan Mallett was 11 of 25 (one INT) for 164 yards. He completed only 1 of his last 8.
Primarily, he was with the first unit, going against the first defense.
Tyler Wilson was 5 of 13 (no INTs) for 60 yards, no TDs.
Jim Youngblood was 4 of 9 (no INTs) for 46 yards, 1 TD.
Wilson and Youngblood were with the second unit, working against the second unit.
Dennis Johnson 6 carries, 41 yards, 1 TDs, 1 catch 15 yards.
De'Anthony Curtis 6 carries, 56 yards, 1 TD.
Knile Davis 7 carries, 50 yards. 2 dropped passes, 1 catch 2 yards.
Broderick Green 10 carries, 59 yards, 1 TD. 1 catch, 20 yards.
Adrian Moore 3 carries, 9 yards, 1 fumble.
Jarius Wright 4-65 yards, 2 TDs.
Chris Gragg 2-22 yards, 3 drops.
Greg Childs 1-9 yards, 2 drops.
Reggie Fish 2-27 yards, 1 drop.
Joe Adams 2-23 yards, 2 drops.
D. J. Williams 1-14 yards.
London Crawford 1-30.
Carlton Salters 1-11.
Andrew Norman 1-19 yards, 1 TD.
Ben Cleveland 1-4 yards.
John Durmon 1-6 yards.
Leading tacklers: Ramon Broadway 7, Jerico Nelson 6, Tramain Thomas 6. Thomas also had two pass breakups. Jerrell Norton had two pass breakups.
Curtis had put together several good workouts to open spring after being challenged to break more tackles. That should be a confidence boost.
"Definitely, definitely," Petrino said. "This spring is for him when he has contact, to keep his legs moving and to make yards after contact. I thought yesterday he took a step forward and today I thought he took a bigger step forward.
"That's something he's really concentrating on. He's a great kid. He's going to work as hard as he possibly can. He just has to understand what he's doing to not get yards after contact. I was happy with that run."
Petrino is excited about the overall development of the squad. He said the addition of pads shows the physical improvement that's taken place in the last year.
"I like our enthuisasm, our chemistry, our attitude and the physicalness," he said. "Last year, I thought it was pulling teeth to get 'em to hit and concentrate on the physical nature of the drills. This year they are real eager, real excited and they see the success. And, anytime you can see some success, you can build off of that."
As far as Mallett's play, Petrino said, "He made one real bad decision early. After he throws a touchdown, he comes back a couple of plays better and he's actually reading the play to the other side of the field. That was a decision deal.
"I thought he was drop was off a few times. He didn't get enough depth and that hurt our timing.
"For the most part, he did a decent job.
"I thought Tyler (Wilson) did a good job seeing things. Again, he's got that quick release and the real knack to see things down the field.
"And, Jim (Youngblood) is still getting used to it, learning. He's had a good week, but he's got a ways to go."
Petrino was asked about the play of Broderick Green at running back.
"He's big, physical and he falls forward," Petrino said. "Sometimes you have great 5 and 6 yard runs with a big back like that where there is not a whole lot there. Maybe there is 1 yard there, then after contact he ends up getting you 6 yards. Second and 4 is a good down to be in. I liked that ability to make yards when nothing is there.
"Broderick has shown ability to do that and so has Knile (Davis). Knile is very explosive. He missed one read when he didn't cut back when he should have. They certainly got a lot of work and repetition."
There was some disappointment in the passing game.
"I didn't think we got the receivers as involved as we should have today," he said. "We caught the deep ball. They did a nice job of beating jam and getting down the field. Our quick passing game and our control passing game, the timing is just not there yet. We are not there with the protection, the quarterback's feet and the receivers. We are not there all at the same time. We got a lot of work to do with the quick passing game and the control passing game."
Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino had sees the start of a good unit.
"There were some good things," Petrino said. "You saw us hit a couple of deep passes to Jarius, which is nice. You saw running backs breaking tackles and running through guys.
"But we had some drops by some certain guys. I think for the first week we have a chance to be way better, but we have to keep improving. We could have a real good offense."
One of the keys Petrino sees is intangibles within the offense.
"One thing that helps is leadership within the offense," he said. "We have guys who look to be stepping up as leaders and we didn't have that last year. That's probably as big a difference as you see and that gives us a chance to be good."
Petrino noted the strides from Jarius Wright as the leader of his group of wideouts.
"Jarius had a real good week," Petrino said. "I told them all at the start of the spring they are all competing to see who is going to be that go-to guy. That was something we were missing last year. We didn't have it. They took turns.
"Jarius went out and battled this week. I thought he had the best week of the receivers. He played real well all week. He had a bunch of big plays all week."
What area needs to improve next week?
"We need to clean up the checks at the line of scrimmage from the quarterback," Petrino said. "The quarterback missed a couple of checks. We need to improve our pass protection a little bit and keep overall getting better in our overall execution -- then not drop touchdowns. We had two TD drops today. We can't do that.
"With Mallett, the deep ball is a lot more in our offense. I think it's just a matter of reping it, reping it and then understanding that ball is going to get there and then goinng to make the play."
Defensively, there were more smiles on the faces of coaches than after the first two workouts of the spring. Coordinator Willy Robinson seemed pleased. He noted there was praise for his unit from the head coach when the team huddled at the end of scrimmage.
"I thought we did (fly around) and the head coach reiterated that when he addressed the team," Robinson said. "We were very pleased about that.
"We have to finish tackles. We had too many people making contact and not finishing. We have to do better there.
"We have five principles in our tacklers. To be able to get SEC player down, we have to execute all five. The thing about it, we were a little inconsistent.
"I thought the player that really jumped out was Tramain Thomas at safety. I thought he tackled well. I thought Jelani Smith, Wendell Davis tackled well. Adrian Davis sometimes showed up. So those are the guys that popped out just off the top of my head.
"People are starting to understand where the fits are, where they are supposed to be and where their help is coming from. What I think is happening is that things are cleaner for our linebackers. We are winning up front a little bit."
As far as overall play of the defense, Robinson said, "It's going fairly well. We've got a lot of our package in. But the good thing is that there is some recall from last year. Now we have to catchup with our tecnique and improve the execution. You have as much as we have the give and take is with the technique. So we harp on technique as we constantly add.
"I thought our ability to run to the ball and get more people to the ball was impressive today. It sounded like football, didn't it?"
The inside anchors seemed to have a good day.
"I think Zach Stadther had an off day yesterday, but he came back good today," Robinson said. "Malcolm Sheppard is always going to give you the same thing. He sits in there and gives you great effort. It's just a matter of him boiling it down and make sure he doesn't try to create too much and stay within the structure of the defense. But he's a going Jessie all the time."
As far as linebacker play in the middle, Robinson liked the play of Davis.
"As far as the spring, I think he started out slow," Robinson said. "I think he understands that not every position is etched in stone and I think today he stepped up. That was an outstanding play (on the interception). We started out on the first series and gave up a touchdown. Then, we came back in the second and there was a little bend but don't break attitude within the structure of that series and then he makes a great play in a pivotal situation. That's a great play to get us off the field."
Quarterback Ryan Mallett took responsibility for his throw that Davis picked off.
"I made a bad read, I should've went ot the other side of the field," Mallett said. "Wendel was squatting down there behind the offensive linemen. I didn't really see him, but I should've went the other way with it."
Mallett thought the overall day was "OK. We're going out there every day and getting better and that's what we're looking for. We don't want to regress, we want to progress. That's what we're doing."
Mallett liked what he saw elsewhere in the backfield.
"Knile davis is a beast," Mallett said. "He's a tough guy and Broderick Green. I think all the running backs run the ball good. They were all lowering their shoulder and just punishing people. De'Anthony (Curtis) made a good run at the end. Everybody thought he was down and he just kept pumping his feet. We've got to make those plays to win a lot of ballgames."
Green, with 10 carries and 59 yards, had a 1-yard TD run after three straight runs inside the 11-yard line. He gave a tip of the cap to his backfield mates, especially the speed backs.
"They're pretty good," Green said. "There's a lot of fast guys. You saw the 4.3s and De'Anthony with his balance today on that long run. Hey, we're competitive.
"It felt good. I missed it. It's been awhile since I've been in the pads and I wanted to make the most of every opportunity i had."
As far as the competitive nature of the running backs, Green said, "We just try to outdo each other, but in a good way. When de'anthony breaks a run, it's like, ok, my turn. When I break a run, Dennis breaks a run, then Knile breaks a run. It continues."
Jarius Wright had a good day and is earning a reputation as the go-to man of the wideouts.
"It's real exciting," he said of the scrimmage and the addition of more deep routes in the passing game.
"I'm pretty fast. I run a lot of deep routes. And we've got a quarterback with a real strong arm that he could put the ball there on the money. Or say you run a go route, he could throw it deep to you.
"That's really what helped us out. The winter and then going through the summer. even before spring, we've been throwing a lot of balls and running a lot of pass routes. Me and (Mallett) just formed a bond together.
"I'm really working on it. I told him if all else fails, just throw it to me. Ikind of told him on the sly so they wouldn't get a chance to tell him.
"It's a real big competition, but it's a good competition -- competition pushes the best out of players and we're just pushing the best out of each other at reciever.
"My week has gone real well. Hopefully it just keeps picking up."