Petrino met with the media after practice Thursday, a workout moved inside Walker Pavilion because of rain showers. It was a short workout, much like a Thursday of game week. The Hogs will conduct a game-like dress rehearsal Friday in Reynolds Razorback Stadium, a workout closed to the media with no media access afterward.
Adams should be "100 percent by next week," Petrino said. The wideout sustained the injury early in Tuesday's practice. He spent the last two days doing rehab. "He'll be fine," Petrino said. "But we will hold him out Friday night."
Petrino mentioned after spring practice that if it was game week then (in late April), Ryan Mallett was the starter and that backup Tyler Wilson would go in for the first series of the second quarter. Is that still the situation?
"Well, Ryan Mallett is the starter," Petrino said. "Tyler is a good quarterback and I certainly want to get him into the game. I haven't made the decision yet whether that will be the second series of the second quarter or not. It's something we've spent a lot of time talking about. We've got all the confidence in the world in Tyler. He can make all the throws. He's improved tremendously in the run game. He's taken a lot of pride in his work habits and he's working on it. He's getting to the point almost where he needs to be in executing the whole offense."
Defensive coordinator Willy Robinson mentioned some depth chart changes on defense on Wednesday. Petrino was asked if there had been similar moves on the offensive side of the ball.
"There have been some, but we've got so many different personnel groups on offense we really consider that we've got about 14 or 15 starters, not just 11," Petrino said. "Tomorrow night will be big for the depth chart. Guys are competing for spots. We've charted everything and we'll consider everything and then make decisions on the depth chart and who will redshirt."
Petrino said there are a lot of considerations on how to make those decisions. He said checking alignment, assignments and production are all factors. Productivity is the biggest.
"Sometimes you grade effort, alignment and assignment errors and there just isn't production," he said. "Guys can know the assignments, but they can't produce. That's the main thing you have to check, production. We talk about personnel all the time. We base it on how you play in the scrimmages and how you practice."
Petrino said Thursday "went pretty good. Our players came out with real good excitement and focus. They didn't do everything right, but we had a good practice. I think tomorrow is going to be a good thing for us. We are getting closer to the game. This week in practice we did about half preparation for Missouri State and half competition one versus one and two versus two to really solidify what our depth is and I thought they did a nice job."
Wide receiver Jarius Wright likes what he's seen in fall camp. He says the team is way ahead of where it was at any point last year. He said depth and competition at wide receiver has improved tremendously.
"The biggest thing, our timing with the quarterbacks has really improved," he said. "That's the biggest part. We've worked hard with both Ryan and Tyler. That is the biggest thing with us putting up big numbers in the scrimmages.
"We've covered all bases in practice. We've covered everything. We are not going to start out the season like we did last year. We are working our best right now."
Would it matter which quarterback is in the game?
"Not at all," Wright said. "If you ask me, they both have the same arm strength. The biggest difference to me, one is taller than the other. They can make the same throws. For the most part, they are both going to be very good."
What is different from this point compared to last year?
"The will to win and the will not to lose," Wright said. "We go out every day and give our best effort. I can tell that difference. Last year we went out just to make it. This year we go out to get better and we work hard."
Has the crispness improved in the last week?
"Yes, especially today," Wright said. "I saw a new team out there today. We went out there with good enthusiasm and we went hard today."
How good is this offense? "We have the ability to be great," he said. "We can do it in practice. We have to bring our practice habits to the game field now."