"This is what it's going to be like on Tuesdays the rest of the year," offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said, noting the Hogs had multiple weeks to prepare for both Missouri State and Georgia.
"We won't have that any more. It's going to be putting in a new game plan every Tuesday. We had good energy and intensity. We had good fire. We had mistakes, but we had good energy and want to. We've got the rest of the week to work out the mistakes."
Petrino handles media duties each Tuesday after practice. He said Michael Smith, slowed by a shoulder injury in last week's loss to Georgia, had a good day of work.
"He feels good and from everything I saw, looked real good today," Petrino said.
Smith met with the media after the workout and said he was ready to go. In fact, he was hoping for more work than he's got in the first two games. Told that both Bobby Petrino and Paul Petrino have mentioned a need for more balance and more rushes, he smiled.
"I like hearing that," Smith said. "I think we do need to be balanced. I think you'll see that help the passing game even more.
"But some of that is on the quarterback. You have the ability to do both on every play and he's going to take what the defense gives you. Now, knowing he's a passer, I think he's going to take the pass if it's there. I understand that. I want him to do that. But I like it when runs are called, too."
Tight end D. J. Williams said there were plenty of checks and audibles in the Georgia game.
"I think you see a quarterback who can read the system and do what's needed," Williams said. "There were a lot of checks in the game. It's what Bobby Petrino teaches. This system allows and needs the quarterback to make those checks.
"What's really good is that we understand what he's going to do before he does it. I see the defense and think, 'He's going to check to this." And, then he does it. It's how it's designed to work and that's what happened in the game. There were some big plays on checks to passes and there were some runs that were checks.
"Mallett is great in this system. He made some great calls, some great checks. He's got the knowledge of the system and the reps. But what you have to say is that it is great coaching. He's doing what he's coached to do."
So while everyone is calling for more balance and more runs, that might be determined by how Alabama decides to play on defense.
"They are a very aggressive, very good defense," Williams said. "They do like to come after you. We expect that from them.
"What's cool to see is that we now have experience, experience, experience. We can take advantage of certain things. You hear of teams around the country with experience and that they know what to do. You are seeing that we have that on offense now."
One thing Paul Petrino talked about is seeing more wideouts against Alabama. Primarily, he played just three against Georgia -- Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Greg Childs.
"That's my fault," Petrino said. "We need to get more in the game. Those three played most of the game. But with the way they were playing, it was hard to take them out.
"Cobi Hamilton needs to play more and Carlton Salters had a good week of practice. We should play more and Reggie Fish can play, too."
The Hogs will add Lucas Miller to the rotation this week after the senior missed the first two games with a broken collarbone suffered in camp.
"Lucas looked good today," Petrino said. "He had a good day of practice. He's ready to go."
Miller went through the pre-game against Georgia as if he was going to play.
"I was on what is called emergency availability," Miller said. "I was telling them through the game that I could go. But I guess we didn't have an emergency. It is probably good, but I wanted to play and I bothered them trying to get in. I think we probably played it smart."
Williams said, "It is great to have Lucas back. He's a leader on the field and in the huddle. He gives us a boost in the huddle and we know he's a guy who can make the tough catch and get past the stakes on critical third downs. We are glad to have him back with us for this game."
Miller said that is a high compliment.
"I try to be a leader and I take that as high praise coming from D. J., because that's what he is in the huddle, too," Miller said. "I just try to pick someone up and make sure they know their work is noticed. When someone does his job, you want to pat them on the back and let them know and encourage them.
"But you don't need that much in this huddle. Ryan Mallett is in charge. He is a great leader. He's going to get the right thing said.
"You saw what he can do last week. That's a typical Ryan Mallett performance. He's got the big arm and can make the big play. That is nothing different than what we see from him every day. He's going to make the checks, the reads and the throws in this system. He is a great player."
Will the Hogs have to score a lot of points to win games against SEC competition?
"You don't think that way as a coach," Petrino said. "Really, I'm an offensive coach and I'm just trying to score every time we are on the field. That's how we want our guys to think. We don't really think about how many or what we need to do from that standpoint. We just want to take the field knowing we can score everytime we've got it.
"I was disappointed we had to settle for field goals some of the time. We need to score touchdowns.
"What I do know is that we have to play better in the fourth quarter. There are going to be games that are decided in the fourth quarter. We have to get to the point where we take charge in the fourth quarter. That's how we want to think."
Williams and Miller don't think that's how games will be played.
"I believe in them," Williams said of his defensive mates. "All we have to do is hold onto our part of the deal. They will be there for us. I've seen them play and know what they can do."
Miller said, "Our defense will be fine. We don't need to worry about them, just go play our game."
Miller has enough to worry about with Alabama's defense.
"They are aggressive and disciplined," he said. "They are coached well and do what their coaches want. You can see that on film. It's a very good, very typical Alabama defense.
"You know what you are going to get out of Alabama. It's going to be a tough-nosed Alabama defense, like every one of them I remember. We will have to earn our yards. We know that."
The front seven is the strength of the team, Paul Petrino said. He mentioned Alabama nose tackle Terrance Cody, along with the linebackers.
"Cody is very good," Petrino said. "He's big and if anything he's bigger this year. I thought he played very well in the first game. I'm not sure the next two got him too excited, but I expect he'll be fired up for the conference opener. He played well against Virginia Tech."
Running back Michael Smith said he tries not to notice particular players, but can't help but see Cody.
"He's a big, big man," Smith said. "What you want to do is just think of them as numbers and a color of their jersey. I don't go to the line looking for a particular player, just at where I'm going. And, I sure don't ever want to think that I'm not going in an area because that's where someone plays. So I don't think that way.
"What I know is that they have a good defense. They are good. We expect that.
"By the same token, I think we have a very good offensive line. I have confidence in my line."