That was the news Wednesday as the Razorbacks continued to work in the bye week afgter a 48-10 victory over Missouri State. The Hogs play host to Georgia on Sept. 19. The Hogs got a full pad workout inside Reynolds Razorback Stadium, sandwiched nicely between two periods of rain showers in the Ozarks.
"The ones played well, up to expectations," Robinson said when asked about his views after watching tape of the opener. "They flew around. They had very few missed tackles and not a lot of mental errors."
Robinsion is in his second year as defensive coordinator with the Hogs. He worked from the press box in games last year, but he moved to the sideline for the opener. He did miss one aspect of coaching from the sideline, compared to his days operating from there as an NFL secondary coach.
"I was looking for the roll of pictures," Robinson said, noting that NFL rules allow for poloroid snapshots to be delivered to the sideline duringh games. "You don't have those at this level. I just had to get the picture and the repeat of the calls and that mental picture from (linebacker coach) Reggie (Johnson) from the box."
What else was different?
"You have to keep your emotions in check, not kick something or throw your hat like you can (in the press box)," he said. "But there is a much better level of communication (wtith players). You can get so much more emotionally involved. I can see the big picture from the sideline. I felt really comfortable there."
If he was pleased with the ones, what did he think of the backups?
"The twos had some assignment issues," he said. "But they still did fairly well. I thought we played pretty solid with the ones. The only real issues were a couple of penalties that kept us from getting off the field on third or fourth downs. We don't have those penalties, I think we can get off the field."
As far as different areas, Robinson seemed pleased all the way around.
"I thought we had three linebackers -- Freddy Burton, Wendel Davis and Jerry Franklin -- play pretty well," he said. "I think sometimes it is hard to operate when you are looking over your shoulder, but we've determined that's when this group operates their best. We had to move them up and down to backups to get the most out of them. They needed that to stay physical and keep their mental focus. We want them to be mindful that we still aren't going to tolerate when they aren't and they could still be demoted. It sure seems like our kids respond to that."
Asked about the secondary, Robinson started with praise for Crim, the starter at field cornerback.
"For a first year player, Crim was solid," Robinson said, noting both effort and technique received solid grades. "He graded out very well. Ramon Broadway was a little scattered and not disciplined. Tramain Thomas missed a tackle when he tried to really knockout the tight end. Matt Harris did a nice job and showed physical play.
"Anthony Leon was out of control at times. He had a phase at the start where he didn't play well, then looked real good in a phase and then had another phase where he didn't sustain it. David Gordon did a good job with assignments but his technique was a little off. We liked his big hit on the sideline in the fourth quarter and he did real well. Darius Winston did a nice job. He showed up when he had the opportunity. His technique is raw, but he made two tackles."
On the defensive front, Robinson praised Malcolm Sheppard, Lavunce Askew, Dede Jones, Zach Satdther and Adrian Davis.
"I think we had a little trouble with our rotation at end because of the early injury to Ambrose," he said. "That wasn't a problem in this game, but it could be late in another game. We want to rotate guys and keep them fresh."
What is the concern with Georgia?
"The speed of their wide receivers," Robinson said. "Those wideouts do a nice job and they can really get on top of you."
Georgia star A.J. Green is the obvious concern, a big physical and fast wideout.
"We've watched tape of them and Green is a great player," Matt Harris said. "He's made a lot of plays. You see him and have immediate respect, but they have other quality receivers, too."
The Hogs have been preparing for the Bulldogs and Green for a bit. Harris noted some practices during two-a-days that featured some Georgia segments.
"It was a little bit complex at times because we might work on some things that we knew were for Missouri State, then we'd switch to some Georgia stuff," he said. "Some of it didn't make a lot of sense until this week. Now we see what we were doing and why we were doing. It gives us a nice headstart on Georgia.
"What we saw against Missouri State might not have prepared us for Georgia because the speed is so different, but we seee Joe Adams and our guys every day. We see Ryan Mallett. I think that kind of speed and ability prepares us for Georgia. And, we have cross over periods against our offense every day where our offense runs some Georgia plays to help us out. Yes, Georgia will be a speed adjustment, but I think we have offensive speed to prepare us for that, too."
Harris loved what he saw of the new starter in the secondary.
"Rudell Crim sure played very consistent," Harris said. "You don't always expect a junior college guy to learn the system so quickly, but he's done that. You might worry about some mental errors, but he sure didn't have many. That's what I noticed, and then there was that big hit by Gordon. Then, Darius is out there and makes back-to-back tackles. They got their feet wet."
Crim said he got a lot of help in his preparation for the season from teammates.
"I credit them for helping me learn the system," Crim said. "That's what they did, help me with my alignment and my assignments. I got very comfortable with what we were doing because of them. I got a lot of help."
Robinson said the newness of some of the secondary players didn't slow him down on making calls.
"There was the thought that maybe we should keep it simple when we rolled in the twos," Robinson said. "But I decided not to change anything because of who we put out there on the field. If you keep it simple, then you are giving in to the offense and giving them the advantage. They can get a hat on a hat and work some people open. So we tried not to do that."
Special teams coordinator John L. Smith said they looked at some different options in several aspects of the kicking game from the starting group in the opener. Cameron Bryan took the reps as the kickoff man with Jerell Norton working with catching punts.
"The biggst thing on the punt return is making sure we get the darn thing caught," Smith said. "If we can get that done, then we're going to be ok. If it means putting somebody back there that may not necessarily be the speed that you're looking for but can field the ball, that's what we have to get done. That's crucial we get that. We're looking at norton more back there. He's a natural catcher. He doesn't necessarily have the speed that some of the others do. ... Joe Adams is still a possibility. We're not giving up on him by any means."