Petrino said the coaching staff was pleased with Saturday's scrimmage, but disappointed in the way the team began practice today.
"We felt like in the scrimmage we came out and did some good things early," Petrino said. "We went right down the field. We don't want to have to settle for field goals like we did at the end but we executed real well.
"In the passing game we executed with a high efficiency and had good yards. We need to improve in the running game. We need to get better blocking from the receivers...and better blocking up front."
The team was scheduled to have two-a-days today, but went just once this morning instead. It was the first the team worked a couple of periods in scout team-like situations as they should soon begin to make decisions on some players who will redshirt this season.
"It wasn't exactly a scout team," Paul Petrino said. "But it was the first time we've broken teams up onto separate fields like that."
Petrino praised Dennis Johnson's performance Saturday (8 catches, 81 yards and a touchdown; 12 carries, 31 yards) as one that stood out to him.
"You can tell he is responding to competition," Petrino said. "He is playing very hard and I think that comes from the depth we have at that position."
Running backs coach Tim Horton also praised Johnson and said Broderick Green seems to be responding to a push by the head coach to be more physical. Horton said it's clear that the competition at running back has brought more intensity from Johnson, who had more than 100 yards of total offense in Saturday's scrimmage.
"Dennis got some good bull yards," Horton said. "That's what we call yards after the first initial contact. He was good Saturday and he was very good again today. If it was a stock market for the running backs, his stock is rising. What we are looking for is consistency and that's been his problem, but he's done well in the last few practices so that is a good sign."
Petrino said he was happy with the way Broderick Green responded when he was given the ball five straight times in the red zone during an overtime simulation Saturday.
"That's a big body that will be tough for the defense to bring down when they're tired," Petrino said. "It was good to see him respond to (Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino) challenging him like that."
There were several interesting aspects of the offensvie line Monday. First, Grant Freeman worked with the first team at weakside tackle. Ray Dominguez was with the second team at that spot and appeared to have a little bit of a gimpy ankle. Freeman has held his weight through camp, after reaching 300 pounds for the first time in his life two weeks before the start of practice. Freeman is listed as 6-7, 295, but he said he's over 300 now (although not by much).
The second team guards were Kareem Crowell and Travis Swanson. Swanson is a true freshman from Kingwood, Texas. Swanson, in checking, has had several consecutive fine practices and apparently graded well on Saturday. He's moved ahead of the the two newcomers that seemed to turn heads in the first week, juco transfer Zhamal Thomas and true freshman Alvin Bailey. Both Tomas and Bailey worked with the third team and with the scout team offense.
There is nothing in stone as far as scout teams. In fact, scout teams have not been picked. It was more of a case of the third team splitting off to help the offense and defense on the separate fields in two brief periods. That's the first time it's happened. There still could be movement on those second and third teams over the next week before the scout teams really begin to give game week preparations.
Paul Petrino discussed the scrimmage after grading film. He said the offensive highlights were in the passing game. If there were disappointments it was in the overall blocking in the run game. He noted that the wideouts didn't block well in the running game plays.
Petrino said the passing game fed off the coverage of the linebackers. He said the linebackers were sitting underneath on the curls, so the backs were open outside.
"There were some 'gimme' routes, some things we will go to in our offense," he said. "Remember, Michael Smith was our second leading receiver last year. Throwing to the backs is a big part of our offense."
Petrino said Cobi Hamilton continues to build on what he can execute in the offense.
"He's adding some routes to his resume," Petrino said. "Sometimes it's still a little fast for him. He's gotten some work with the ones, the twos and the threes. He's starting to get a few routes he can run."
Petrino said Greg Childs is putting together "a good camp. He had the least assignment errors in the scrimmage Saturday that he's had. He needs to continue to improve that."
Lucas Miller returned to practice, but Petrino said he must be careful how much he uses the wideout recovering from knee surgery.
"I have got to make sure I don't ask too much from him," Petrino said. "It was good to have him out there today."
The shuffle continues in the linebacker group. Jerry Franklin, Wendel Davis and Freddy Burton returned to the first team.
Those that missed practice today were Isaac Madison, London Crawford, Joseph Henry and Alfred Davis. Crawford, Henry and Davis worked on the side.
A release through the university's athletic department shortly following practice confirmed Madison was out with an ACL tear that will require surgery in the coming weeks.
"It is unfortunate since Isaac had been working extremely hard during the offseason," Bobby Petrino said in the release. "Isaac played really well in the spring and had a good summer for us. He was developing into a leader."
Back on the field, Jerell Norton worked at free safety after taking snaps at cornerback for the better part of three years at Arkansas.
The first team safeties: Matt Harris (free), Tramain Thomas (strong). Second team: Jerell Norton and Anthony Leon rotated (free), Elton Ford at strong.
Matt Jones contributed to this report.