The injury list is shrinking, not growing. The team chemistry and attitude is great with a little over three weeks remaining before fall practices start.
Quarterback Ryan Mallett, tailback Michael Smith, wide receiver Lucas Miller and running back Knile Davis are all 100 percent. Safety Elton Ford has full clearance after missing most of last season and spring drills with broken bones in his neck.
Smith, Miller and Davis all missed all or most of spring drills with leg injuries, but they have regained full change of direction and are cleared for all aspects of practice now and for Aug. 6.
The only player less than full speed is running back Brandon Barnett. He sustained a broken leg late in spring drills. He's running straight ahead without problem, but hasn't been cleared for change of direction.
Defensive tackle Lavunce Askew, suspended earlier this summer, has resumed workouts with the team. Petrino said he's been evaluated on a daily basis, but he could be with the team in August if he continues on his present course. Askew had to do one month of workouts on his own at the HPER building before joining the team.
Running back Broderick Green has yet to receive word from the NCAA on his eligibility. Green is a transfer from Southern Cal asking for a hardship. Petrino said it still may be a few more days before word arrives.
Junior college transfers Anthony Leon and Rudell Crim have both finished summer work. They should be eligible, pending the arrival of paperwork.
Petrino said the UA feels like all work was completed by both players, but neither are on campus yet.
Coaches returned to work Monday after two weeks of vacation. Petrino said it was "exciting to be back. We are very impressed with what our players have accomplished in the offseason with our strength and conditioning staff. They've done a nice job."
Petrino said the summer work has had a heavy emphasis on conditioning and strength gains to this point, but that the focus would now switch to change of direction.
"We have the conditioning foundation now," Petrino said. "Now it will be about change of direction so that when we begin practices we don't pull muscles because of quick movements."
Petrino said team chemistry and attitude was "better" and noted solid leadership characteristics throughout the team. The new signing class is impressive.
"We've got a lot of newcomers here," he said. "We were real happy on signing day and thought we got taller and larger. When they came in the door, we could tell that we are that. It's a good-looking class. We'll see them really help this team over the next two years. We are much taller. I know we are much better and we'll really see that in two years."
There are several places where newcomers will help, but probably the secondary is where it will show up first.
"We are excited about this class in the secondary," Petrino said. "There are some who can come in and compete. We have the two junior college safeties (Crim and Leon) and three freshman cornerbacks where we need depth."
The three freshman corners Petrino mentioned were Darius Winston, Jerry Mitchell and David Gordon.
Asked about low summer predictions for the Razorback in many of the summer publications, Petrino said he wouldn't talk much about that to players.
"We've got our own goals and expectations," he said. "We talk about those. We think we are better. Our players think they are better. I will say we have a lot to prove and I think we can be better than what some people think. We just need to prove it. That's what we will talk about."
Leadership is one of the highlights of the summer, Petrino said. He said he likes what he sees and hears about that intangible.
"Michael Smith is one of our leaders," Petrino said. "He's highly motivated. We expect him to be a great leader.
"Ryan Mallett and Tyler Wilson have been leading. They are in a position where that is important. D. J. Williams is ready to lead. Last year as a sophomore, he was just trying to take care of himself. Now D. J. is ready to help others do their jobs. Isaac Madison has had a great summer. He played well in spring ball. He is leading.
"Wendel Davis and Jerry Franklin have stepped up (as leaders). In our defensive front, we have a group of leaders stepping up and we need that there. Adrian Davis, Malcolm Sheppard and Jake Bequette are three that are leading and we need a lot from them"
Petrino mentioned DeMarcus Love, strongside tackle, as a leader in the offensive front. He said he's "excited" about the work he's seen from Love in the weight room.
"DLove is very motivated," Petrino said. "He's had a great attitude."
Earlier this summer, linebacker Khiry Battle was dismissed from the team for a second off-the-field mistake. Petrino said that meant Jermaine Love moved up to second team at middle linebacker and freshman Austin Moss would be third on the depth chart there.