While happy with the 787 yards of total offense racked up in 157 offensive snaps, the redshirt sophomore concentrated on the areas the Razorbacks didn't do so well. Those included the three bobbled snaps, the seven sacks allowed and the two turnovers.
"I felt we did OK, but we've got a lot of room for improvement," Mallett said. "We've got to execute and not have dumb penalties and learn to throw the ball away sometimes, and makes some good checks.
"The whole offense has got to execute more and know what we're doing. We've got to know what we're doing on picking up blitzes and where we're going."
Mallett even found areas to critique in his own game after competing 30-of-42 passes for 326 yards and five touchdowns.
"I did all right. I've got to make a few more checks to get us out of bad plays," he said. "I didn't throw the ball away a couple of times when I should have and took a sack.
"In a game you know you're going to throw that ball away but in a scrimmage you kind of want to make a play. You've got to treat it like a game, though, and throw that ball away when you don't have anything there."
Back-up quarterback Tyler Wilson was a little more positive about his performance after completing 85 percent of his passes.
"There were some ups-and-downs; some positives," Wilson said. "I hit a couple of big plays. I made some good throws. There were some protection breakdowns, I missed a few checks that I think I could have hit. We'll go look at film and see how I performed, but I thought I had a pretty good day. We've got to build on it as we head into next week."
Mallett and Wilson were both quick to point out some of the offensive struggles were caused by an improved defensive unit looking to redeem itself after a sluggish scrimmage Wednesday.
"The defense is a lot better this year," Mallett said. "Going against them in two-a-days gets a little old because you're ready to play an opposing team, but the defense stepped up today and we stepped up, too. It was a battle today."
"I think they did a nice job," Wilson said after going 17-of-20 for 189 yards and a touchdown pass. "We'll see how they react next week, but they've had a good session. I think they're making strides, as is the offense. We're all getting better."
The defensive pressure forced Mallett to check-down to his running backs on several occasions in the flats. Despite good defensive coverage, Dennis Johnson (8 catches for 81 yards and a score) and Ronnie Wingo (4 catches for 33 yards) made good runs after the catch, an important aspect to the passing game, Mallett said.
"We'll check down to backs during the game," he said, "…so we'll check down for eight or nine yards and make it second and one or second and two."
While the dump-downs moved the chains, it was Arkansas' vertical game that drew the most response from the few thousand fans that showed up to the first extended scrimmage of the preseason. Among those big plays were a 57-yard touchdown pass from Mallett to Jarius Wright and a 58-yard haul by Reggie Fish from Wilson. Fish finished the day with five catches for 123 yards.
"Reggie is a guy that works hard every day and he deserves a day like this," Wilson said. "I think we connected well together back in the spring game, and today he caught the (linebacker) deep and that was exciting for both of us.
"We've got a lot of weapons. It's exciting as a quarterback to know we've got all those weapons on the field. We have confidence they are going to catch the ball and make positive yards when they catch it."