"There were a couple of spots in practice when we did some nice stuff in our deep play-action," Petrino said after the full pad workout. "But play in and play out we didn't have the toughness and intensity we have to have. So we have to make sure we get it ready to go tomorrow."
For the Razorbacks, it was the fifth practice (out of 15) of the spring. It came after they had Sunday and Monday off following a scrimmage on Saturday, their first in full pads. The Hogs carried full pads on Tuesday and there was some heavy hitting in a play-action period early in the workout.
However, running backs Dennis Johnson and Knile Davis both suffered what was thought to be minor leg injuries. Both sat out the final two/thirds of practice.
Petrino, who also coaches the wideouts, was asked about Saturday's scrimmage. What did the tape study reveal?
"I think we did some real nice job of running the ball," Petrino said. "We broke some tackles. But we had too many drops in the scrimmage on Saturday. It showed that if we can run the ball and throw the ball deep it always gives you a chance to be successful. Now we got to get more consistent and our timing down in our quick passing game."
Petrino was asked if there were any standouts Tuesday.
"I saw London Crawford catch a couple of nice play actions," Petrino said. "Mallett had some real good throws in the play action. D. J. Williams had a couple of nice catches. The rest I'll have to see on tape."
There has been shuffling in the offensive line. DeMarcus Love has moved from guard to strong tackle. Wade Grayson has made the switch between guard and center. Grant Cook and Seth Oxner are battling back and forth with the first team at strong guard.
"They've got to be a fist with all five working together," Petrino said. "It's a growing process. If they just keep working hard and grinding, they should be in good shape.
"(Cook and Oxner) have been kinda going back and forth, day in and day out. I think if you could have that at all five spots it would be a great thing. That's what you want to get to. It's our goal. It's really helped at the running back position. That battle is going to make both of them better. Right now, neither one of them has run away with it. It's a tight battle."
How has chemistry going between quarterbacks and receivers?
"Yeah, you are starting to see it," Petrino said. "You see some guys that definitely Mallett feels good about it. I noticed Tyler (Wilson) made some nice throws. He had some good shots. You start to get a feeling of which guys they like. You see Mallett and Jarius Wright definitely hooking up. It's just a matter of all of them starting to get a little more of a feel for each other."
Offensive line coach Mike Summers said there has been growth up front this spring, but that there is a long ways to go in all areas.
"Every day we try to make progress at our technical development," Summers said. "There are days you see a lot of signs of that progress. Then there are days when there wasn't as much progress made. It is a continuous battle for us to get our bodies in the right position and our hands in the right position. It requires a passion to do things consistently correct. That's where we are right now.
"(Center Wade) Grayson is doing better every day. It's a hard move to start 12 games (at guard) and then put a ball between your legs and do it like that. But he's done a good job of learning the offense. We just have to get better at point of attack blocking and pass protection."
There is some experience in the offensive line. Does that help even though many are playing different spots?
"I think we know how to prepare for a game and we know what the intensity level (in games) is like," Summers said. "But the guys up there need to play together. They need to know the guys on either side of each other. While we are searching for the right guys, the five best guys, there is a little bit of uncertainty with that. Certainly, the fact those guys have been there before helps us."
Is a year in the system made them better?
"We started a little further down the road," Summers said. "We have a better understanding of the offense and what's expected of them at practice. But when you have the layoff we've had and you start back, there's a lot of rust we have to take off. That's what we are in the progress of doing right now."
How has the battle gone between Cook and Oxner?
"Who is playing the best at the time gets to go," Summers said. "Competition brings out the best in everybody. When you have someone nipping at your heels, hopefully the level of play for both guys will go up. I thought they pushed each other good (in the scrimmage) and both of them improved. I saw good things from both of them. It will be daily battle for who ends up there."
Oxner is getting time at center and guard. How hard is that transition?
"It's a little bit (hard)," Summers said. "But life's hard."
How have the tackles fared?
"I've been pleased with the move of DeMarcus Love to tackle," Summers said. "I didn't think he had as good a day today, but I thought he did well on Saturday. I was pleased with what he did in the scrimmage. Ray Dominguez, having been there, his progress has been slow but steady."
Protection has been up and down so far this spring. Was there any improvement Tuesday?
"That's an ongoing battle," Summers said. "We have to win the one-on-one battles. When we win them, we do well. When we don't, the quarterback needs track shoes. Every day we work to get better at that. And, we have to get better if we are going to be a good offense."
Also see Wade Grayson talk about spring drills.