Robinson said the first unit probably took a step backwards Sunday. Safety Matt Harris and middle linebacker Wendel Davis both said the defense didn't run to the ball as well as they had in earlier workouts.
"We had a quick turnaround from Saturday night to Sunday morning," Harris said. "You put on the shoulder pads, it's an adjustment. The new field gives you a bounce in your step, but it's hot and that may have gotten to us. We didn't have a good day and we have to be better than that."
Davis said, "We try to fly to the ball and I think we just didn't do that at the end of the practice. That's our number one goal, to fly to the ball. We didn't do that. We'll have to fix that."
Robinson praised the second unit. He said there has been progress there, especially in the secondary with Rudell Crim. He said the junior college transfer working at cornerback has picked up things at a fast rate. He said cornerbacks Darius Winston and David Gordon are also doing well.
On the injury front, defensive end Jake Bequette, injured Saturday afternoon, was not able to practice because of what appeared to be a shoulder injury. Bequette appeared to get over heated during some work with the conditioning staff during practice. Offensive guard Kareem Crowell was dressed for practice after an injury Saturday. He sat out of all drills. Tailback Broderick Green missed a few plays because of a tight hamstring.
Damario Ambrose, junior defensive end, moved up with the first team to take Bequette's snaps. Robinson said it would not be a big transition for Ambrose "because he is an experienced players. It's just a matter of him getting a lot more snaps and seeing how he handles it. His snaps go up in number and it's a heavier work load."
Running back Knile Davis was at practice for the second straight day. He arrived late in Saturday's practice. He has to be in shorts without shoulder pads in two practiecs per NCAA drills, so it would appear he would be ready to go for Monday's workout, the first in full pads. Davis missed the first two days after the death of his father.
Robinson had praise for juco safety Anthony Leon. The defensive coordinator said Leon has improved and is beginning to grasp the concepts.
"What we see is that he understands in the meeting room what we are doing," Robinson said. "Juice, or Anthony, can tell you exactly what we are doing, but when we get on the field, he wants to let his teammates do it. He's got to fly to the ball. Today we saw him react a little better. He was moving to the ball."
Robinson said the deep pass was the problem the last two days for the defense. They gave up several deep passes in Saturday's practice when the defense was working on a new scheme, or twist to a scheme that hadn't been tried before. That wasn't the situation Sunday morning.
"We were in some of our staple defenses this morning and we are giving up too many deep balls," Robinson said.
One of them came on a beautiful pump fake by Tyler Wilson when Reggie Fish beat Isaac Madison on a double move for a long touchdown pass in the team session.
Punter Briton Forrester seemed to have a great day in the special teams session. By the same token, it appears that Michael Smith is faring well in punt return duties. He's seemed to be the most consistent punt return man in the first four practices.
The Hogs will add leg pads Monday to go with the shoulder pads. They'll be in full pads for the first time this camp.
"I think that's what we all are looking forward to," said Davis. "I don't think anyone has said that, but that's the way you play this game -- in full pads. I know I'm excited about it. Hopefully, we will fly to the ball better on Monday than we did today."