He overthrew all three, but still ended the day 31-of-51 passing for 381 yards with three touchdowns and one pick – one that LaVunce Askew returned for a score.
"I was a little inconsistent at times and made a couple of bad decisions," Mallett said. "That's going to happen, but I need to train myself to not let it happen. I do think I did have several good plays, but I can get better. I will go evaluate the film, see the positives, see the negatives and go from there.
"I did think we ran the ball well and the running backs ran hard," Mallett added. "When I was making the right decisions the passing game was working and we had guys getting open. I missed a couple like Ben Cleveland, but we'll hit those later. We've got to and I will."
Razorback second-team quarterback Tyler Wilson was on fire early, hitting his first 13 passes. He ended the day 22-of-31 for 243 yards with a pair of touchdowns and one pick.
"There were some bright points for me early," Wilson said. "I got off to a good start and made a couple of big throws and that was a real positive. I think I got into some checks that were good although we didn't execute them as far as blocking schemes. I do think I did get in and out of some checks that we want so I think I am getting better at that."
Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino has said that the checks have been the only thing holding back Wilson, who like Mallett had a fumble under center on Saturday.
"When you are in the meeting room and seeing them on paper, it's one thing and then when you get out on the field, it's a different story. Today was my biggest stride in that area – seeing the defense, making checks and be able to take command offensively. I thought I did a good job in that, but as far as total execution I need to continue to get better."
Mallett did get in a crunching block on defensive end Chris Berezansky that blindsided him.
"D.J. (tailback Dennis Johnson) cut it back and I had booted out and I turned around and looked because I thought he was gone down the sideline," Mallett said. "And all of a sudden I see him coming back at me. It was just a natural reaction. I don't think I was supposed to do that and I probably should apologize, but it was just a natural reaction."
Mallett and Wilson certainly had a ton of receivers to toss the ball around to with 19 different players hauling in at least one pass.
Greg Childs had 9 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown to lead the way while Carlton Salters (7 catches for 116 yards), Joe Adams (6 for 94) and Cobi Hamilton (6 for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns) all having big days as well.
"We came out here with great excitement and we came out here ready to get better as a team as far as the offense and defense goes," Childs said. "The offense came out here that we had to make big plays at every position from the wide receivers to the running backs to the linemen. We all had to make big plays today."
Childs had several first down catches to go along with some mid-range and deep ones.
"I just really want to show Coach Petrino that I can get open and make plays for him, catch the ball when he needs me when he needs me to catch it," Childs said. "That's whether its on first down or third down, I want to be able to let him know that he can throw the ball to me and I can go get it for him."
Starting tailback Michael Smith only got one series in last week's scrimmage, but got a few more opportunities on Saturday.
He had 6 carries for 74 yards and a score.
"I was glad I was able to get up in there and take a few hits before we get started and underway with the season," Smith said. "I just wish on a few of those I could have broke one more tackle or made one more sidestep. There are still things I need to work on.
"It's good for me conditioning wise to be able to sit there and recognize defenses, just get out there and play football," Smith said. "Anytime I can get those simulated game reps, it was good for what I need for the season."
He liked what he saw out of his fellow backs as well, including true freshman Ronnie Wingo (19 carries for 80 yards), Dennis Johnson (9 carries, 74 yards), Knile Davis (12 carries, 45 yards) and De'Anthony Curtis (6 carries, 38 yards).
"All of them did some good things, I am not even going to lie," Smith said. "Ronnie had some long runs, D.J. had a couple of long runs and some hard runs, De'Anthony got some tough yards and broke a lot of tackles. The backs as a whole, we didn't break as many long runs as Coach wanted us to today, but as far as running inside the tackles and getting tough yards, I think we did pretty good."
Smith admits that it is very nice for him to have more people to share the workload in camp after a 2008 where he was overloaded in practices and games.
"For me, it is totally different than last year," Smith said. "Last year, it was like I couldn't get a breath. This year I'm like "can I get in coach, can I get in? He's like no and then go ahead."
Smith does think the offense could have been more consistent on the day.
"It was up and down," Smith said. "We started out so-so and then we picked up and then the defense had some plays after halftime. Then we somewhat picked it up after that. For our offense, we expect more consistency. We do expect to go down and score every time. Especially after a 20-play drive, we don't want a field goal."
"We still have some things to work on, but we have come a long way so we are proud about that, but we know when next week starts we need to start working toward Missouri State," Smith added.
Wilson backed that sentiment up.
"I think overall we did a pretty good job early," Wilson said. "We got out to a quick start and I hit some big passes there and things were looking good. I think toward the end we started fading away and didn't execute as well we did earlier in the scrimmage. It's disappointing, but it is kind of expect in these extensive scrimmages. A positive day for sure."