Arkansas worked for about two hours inside Reynolds Razorback Stadium, site for Saturday's nationally televised game with Auburn. Game time will be 11 a.m. Saturday. ESPN will handle the coverage nationally.
Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino talked to the media after Tuesday's practice. He said the team had high energy and a bounce in its step for the practice in anticipation of the Auburn game.
"They are undefeated and we are going to be on national television," Petrino said. "It is a big game and we're going to do everything in our power. The players were real fired up today. I think as a group we're all real excited to go out there."
As for Crawford's availability this week, Petrino said, "We'll keep an eye on him all week and see how he's doing. He was able to practice today not in yellow and that was good to see. We will judge him each day and see how he comes along. We'll make our decision at the end of the week."
Petrino said the running game was at an improved level because of solid offensive line play. He also noted the backs had big plays with lots of yardage after contact. It was the first week the backs had beat the wideouts in a stat labeled "bull yards" by the coaches.
"The beat us pretty good," said Petrino, who coaches the wideouts. "We'd won the first three games, but they got us this time."
Part of that was because of the huge play Ronnie Wingo had at the end of the game, a 62-yard run that accounted for a big chunk for the running backs.
"Ronnie got touched afgter about 7 yards, so almost all of that counted for (yards after contact)," Petrino said. "Joe Adams had a nice one and had 77 all by himself. He just didn't get any help from his buddies."
Wingo said the backs were excited to see they'd finally beat the wideouts. He said it may be a little bit of an unfair comparison.
"I think it is a little easier for the wideouts," he said. "We have to run through the line. They catch the ball 30 yards down the field, then they have one guy to beat to get another 15. I think they have it easier."
The good news is that there is a healthy competition with lots of weapons on both sides.
"That's what it's about, more weapons," said Petrino, who noted quarterback Ryan Mallett has lots of options when it comes to making calls at the line.
"You want to be able to take what the defense gives you. He's making the checks. He's doing a good job there. He's a smart player. That's one of Ryan's strengths. It's always a process and he's going to keep getting better, but he's doing a good job of checking."
The offensive line provided Mallett with time and gave the backs some creases.
"A couple of them had their best games. (Seth) Oxner had the best game he's had yet," Petrino said. "(Mitch) Petrus played well and Ray (Dominguez) had a better game. I think they did a better job up front. They all probably had their best games run blocking. We talk every week that Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are our work days and you can go out and get better. If you can do that it will show up on Saturday and I think we made big strides during the week last week and it showed up during the game. I think we made good strides today at practice. We need to do it again tomorrow and Thursday and we'll be even better this week than we were last week."
Tight end D. J. Williams figured into that blocking, too. He made the kickout block in the fourth quarter on Wingo's long TD run. He didn't have any catches, but he didn't care with the strides he's made in blocking.
"That block -- it was a pancake -- is more fun than any catch I could make," Williams said. "I don't know if anyone noticed aside from the coaches, but it was a big deal to me."
Williams has worked hard on improving his blocking after a year when he was often the primary receiver in the offense. How does it compare to last year at this point?
"I think it's like black and white," Williams said of his blocking. "I know if you ask the coaches, they probably would tell you that it could be better. You can always improve and I want to keep getting better. But I think I'm a lot better than last year. I take a lot of pride in springing someone for a big run or helping the protection. That's a big part of playing the position.
"Like I said, it's not perfect. But I feel pretty good about what I can do blocking now."
A lot of the questions to players after practice Tuesday related to their memories of Gus Malzahn, their offensive coach three years ago. There are a few that were around then. Mitch Petrus knows what to expect.
"I remember his offense," Petrus said. "He's a good coach. He didn't run a bogus offense. He ran a good offense, a legit offense."
But mainly the offensive players were concerned about Auburn's defense.
"We know what to expect, a tough, physical SEC defense," Williams said. "We know what kind of game it's going to be, very physical. They have quality players and very good linemen. It's going to be a typical SEC game."
Arkansas is 0-2 in the league. The Hogs know they have to turn that around.
"We are not where we want to be, that's for sure," Petrus said.
He was asked about not winning big games in Fayetteville.
"Well, this year we've only played one," he said. "We've got to get back on the winning track here. We know that. Like I said, we are not where we want to be right now. We've got to get headed in the right direction."