Robinson met with the media after practice, noting there is competition at several spots this week. He wouldn't name a starter at cornerback or safety, but said there could be changes.
Elton Ford is taking more snaps at strong safety after grading well in 30-plus snaps last week against Alabama. Andru Stewart has been splitting snaps with the first team at boundary cornerback with Ramon Broadway the starter the last two weeks. It appears Darius Winston was getting some second team practice time at the field cornerback spot, ahead of Greg Gatson.
"We'll make some decisions after we grade (practice)," Robinson said. "To be honest, we are rolling some guys and splitting time."
On Ford's play against Alabama, Robinson said, "He played well. He tackled well. He had some productivity." It was Ford's first action of the season. He sustained a broken neck early last season and missed spring drills and the first two games.
Stewart is a junior college transfer who made it to campus for spring drills. He's played a lot on special teams, but got more action at corner against Alabama.
"Andru played well in his role," Robinson said. "He got one penalty in the end zone, but that one could have gone either way. He is splitting time with the first unit today."
It's clear the Hogs respect the dual-threat ability of Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson, a 6-5, 243-pound junior. Johnson leads a spread, no-huddle attack that has put the Aggies at the top of national charts and reminds UA coaches and players of Tulsa's offense.
"I think the tempo is like Tulsa," Robinson said. "They get plays off. Last year against Tulsa, there were two or three times we got caught making subsitutions. It's difficult to rotate at times."
Johnson will run with an intent of throwing at times.
"He will run and we have to know that sometimes he is moving so that he can deliver the ball," Robinson said. "You have to be aware of what he is doing and know he's comfortable throwing on the move. And, he will pull it down and take off. He can deliver it at bad angles and is accurate. He's a good player and has made strides this year.
"What is difficult is that they do a lot of things in different formations. That makes it difficult to make a lot of calls against them because the assignments change when they change formations. You have to know what to do in all of those formations. We have to match up our calls in all of those formations."
Defensive end Jake Bequette called Johnson "very athletic. You know he can take off at any time and gives them so many different looks. And, he takes care of the ball when he does it. They do remind you of Tulsa last year. When we do rotate, we have to be smart about it and pick our spots to make the changes and then be aware of down and distance when we change."
Safety Matt Harris said, "He's a big, athletic quarterback and gives them a lot of positives with the way he's played. You have to key on him throughout the game, knowing he can run at any time. You can probably put a spy on him at times, but all of us have to know what he's capable of doing as a runner. You know that on third-and-short and even second down plays, the quarterback draw is a possibility. He's that fast and strong of a runner, very big. And, he makes good decisions."
Linebacker Jerry Franklin said Johnson's versatility is what makes A&M tough to defend.
"Anytime you play a quarterback who can do both, it's tougher," he said. "He's big and he's a very good runner, but probably what impresses me the most is the decisions he makes when he passes the ball.
"What you see that impresses you on film is their execution. They have not made a lot of errors. This quarterback can make all of the throws, too. He's an impressive player."
However, this game may be more about how Arkansas rebounds from two straight losses than anything else.
"It's very important to play well this week," Franklin said. "The whole morale of the team depends on that. We've lost a couple of tough ones in a row and we need to get back on track this week.
"I think you've seen very good intensity in practice this week. We are always intense, but maybe more this week. We've had a great attitude. We are trying to get ready for the fast tempo that Texas A&M brings and know what we have to be like in practice to get ready for that kind of game."