Petrino told the media after the workout that Friday's scrimmage was very positive, but he expected more on Tuesday after three days off and a little lighter load with no leg pads.
"It was good to get back out on the field," Petrino said. "I don't think we had our best practice of the spring. I was disappointed that when we took the lower pads off, we didn't get more out of the team. We still have a lot to learn. We need to develop more leadership from within the team. We need to have guys that come out here and change the attitude, change the tempo during drills, not the coaches. What I was looking for today, we didn't get."
Asked about Friday's scrimmage, Petrino was more positive.
"The scrimmage was good," Petrino said. "I liked what I saw. The defense had good intensity. It was probably the most physical scrimmage we have had from the defense. Guys were flying around and hitting people. Pads were popping. I think the defensive line has the upper hand on the offensive line but the offense continues to make big plays."
Petrino is still encouraged by the progress he has seen at quarterback in the battle between Ryan Mallett and Tyler Wilson. Mallett returned to practice after sustaining a slight bruise to his throwing shoulder Friday.
"We can shore up our pass protection," Petrino said. "We can shore up our timing with our quarterback drops."
Petrino noted that there were times that the defensive ends collapsed the pocket in Friday's scrimmage.
"When that happens the quarterbacks take their eyes from downfield to see what is happening with the rush," Petrino said. "That happened some in the scrimmage."
As far as the deep passing game, Petrino said, "With the routes we run, we have the chance to be pretty explosive. Both quarterbacks did some good things during practice today. They both made some mistakes and we are going to continue to work on that."
Petrino was extremely pleased with the defensive line in the scrimmage. He said the early part of spring drills, the offensive line held the upper hand. Of late, it's been the defensive land dominating. He said defensive ends Adrian Davis and Jake Bequette both had solid days Friday. He said Davis "collapsed the pocket" at times during the scrimmage. He also noted that it was a fine day for Malcolm Sheppard at defensive tackle.
"We kinda let Malcolm go Friday," Petrino said. "We moved him around and let him have more freedom. He's always a tough load, but he was really good Friday in the scrimmage."
Petrino said both quarterbacks have improved on the pre-snap checks and reads required in the offense.
"I think you see them both getting a lot better at that area," he said. "We aren't there yet, but I think they are doing real well in that part of the game. I've seen them get better. I like that part of what has happened this spring."
One of the disappointments to spring practice has been lack of depth at running back. However, the Hogs added one body on Tuesday. Running back Michael Smith returned. Petrino said that was expected, but it's not clear how much work he'll get on Wednesday. Smith had offseason surgery to repair a torn hamstring. The head coach thinks Smith will likely be sore on Wednesday and miss the next workout.
"It was good to see Michael out here today," Petrino said. "That has been our plan all spring, to bring him back during the last week of spring practice. We did some individual drills and anything that doesn't involve contact. I think it was fun for him to be out here, too. We'll see how sore he is tomorrow and decide if he practices. He'll definitely practice again on Friday."
Running back Dennis Johnson also returned to practice Tuesday, but he wasn't able to finish the workout. He's been out with a sore ankle for the last week.
Petrino said, "Dennis did OK early and then it got sore on him and didn't finish the practice full speed. So we'll have to see if he'll be available for Saturday or not."
Petrino said both Brandon Barnett and Knile Davis are progressing fine after surgeries for broken bones. Barnett underwent surgery for a broken tibia on Friday night. Davis underwent surgery two weeks ago for a broken ankle.
"Brandon has a broken tibia. They already went in and operated on Friday night at 11 o'clock. He's doing well, he's out of the hospital. They're very, very positive, I guess you would say, that he'll be ready to go in August. It's a shame because he was really doing a nice job, and he needs this. He needs to be out here. He's had a tough break here lately, so he needs to be part of it and our players have done a nice job of really make sure we take good care of him.
"Knile is doing really well. With what we know now, we are encouraged with him being back in August, too. He's coming along well. They put a strong device in his ankle and it should do well. His recovery is going real well."
Petrino said tight end Chris Gragg won't return for the remainder of spring drills.
"He's got the dreaded high ankle sprain," Petrino said. "He won't be back the rest of the way."
Mallett didn't seem bothered by his sore shoulder. He said, "Oh, it's fine. It's just a little bruised up. So it's just one of those little things just to keep it right there. So it's fine."
Michael Smith was pleased to return to action, even if it wasn't a full contact day.
"I did about five or six periods in the beginning and then came back and did pass skel, took a couple reps there just to run around, get loose and see how it feels. really just try to take a breather off of the backs that we have left," Smith said. "We're getting kind of thin once again. Any time i can just come in and help. it is the 12th practice. I know how they're feeling right now.
"It didn't feel bad at all. I still have some work to do, but I think right about now the rest of the work is going to come from the weight room and the reps out here, the strength that I need to get back in my leg and conditioning wise."
As far as Wednesday's workout, Smith wasn't sure.
"I'll go back and talk to the trainer about it. I'm not sure what the plans are tomorrow. Friday is like game preparation. I'm not sure about that."
He's been chomping at the bit to return.
"Ii don't know if you can see the smile on my face right now," he said. "I've been dying to get out there, a little bit too eager sometimes. Coach told me I have to learn patience. I wans't going to come back in a month or a day. Now that I'm out there taking a couple of reps it feels a lot better."
He expected some rust.
"Any time you're not practicing, you're not getting the timing reps for qusarterbacks and oline and just learning the tendency of your team, there will be a slight timing dropoff," Smith said. "That's where the mental factor comes in of me being there, making sure I'm watching, not losing much of anything with the oline and the quarterback.
"I think that's about all I can do at the moment. You don't want to miss spring. You say that. I read that earlier, somebody wrote that if anybody could afford to miss spring (it was Smith). You want to get out here and play football. You don't have much time. I don't have much time left."