"We needed to get outside," Smith said. "It was a little chilly, but it might be like this for the bowl game. It could be anything. We went over some segments in bowl practice in preparation for all conditions. We covered some things that we'd need for ice, snow, rain or wind. There are certain situations you need preparation for as far as weather. We need to be able to adjust and we are covering those things."
"They didn't want to beat us up, but we've done what we need to do to be ready for a game," quarterback Ryan Mallett said earlier in the week.
Quarterback Tyler Wilson, for the second straight day, got a lot of work with the first team at quarterback. It was the most work he's gotten with the first team since perhaps August practice. Could he play in the bowl game? He didn't know, but he said he is practicing like he will and that's the only way you can handle it.
"I think it was good," he said. "I worked a lot with the ones in the spring and in August, but not since then. I have gotten a lot of reps with them the last two days and it's helped me. Just getting reps is important.
"You can look at the blitz cards or you can watch film, but nothing replaces getting reps. I've gotten better."
Does Wilson think he'll play in the bowl.
"I don't know the answer to that, but I want to be ready if they call on me," he said. "You just try to be ready.
"What I'm doing is getting ready. You want to do everything you can to prepare for your opportunity. I want to be ready and hopefully some day I'm the starting quarterback. That's my goal."
London Crawford said the receivers are meeting with the quarterbacks as far as position meetings. So, Garrick McGee is handling the meetings with QBs/WRs each day before practice. He said he'll miss Paul Petrino. He called him a father figure. And he said he's conducting himself as he knows Paul would want, helping still with the younger wide receivers. He praised the work ethic and talent of Cobi Hamilton. Crawford said Wilson has played well in bowl practices.
"He's doing the things Mallett did, get the checks," Crawford said. "He's getting it down like Ryan did. You have to do it to get comfortable. But you see that the last two days. He's doing it quick."
Wilson said the preparation is for East Carolina.
"We saw the pressures they brought that bothered Houston," Wilson said. "We are getting the ball out quickly. They bothered Houston with that pressure. They have good talent, good personnel and they have a good scheme."
That's what John L. Smith said, too.
"When we were at Louisville, we played East Carolina," he said. "They haven't changed. They have good personnel and they are sound. What you see is good athletes and they do simple things very well.
"And, they have some very good players. (Dwayne Harris) is a very good one. He reminds you of Dexter McCluster, the Ole Miss back. He has that kind of ability. He's a special player. They move him around and use him well. You have to find him.
"In special teams, they do simple things and do them very well. They don't have frills or fancy stuff. They just execute them well. We'll have to do the same thing, play well against them."
Smith said he hasn't talked much to kicker Alex Tejada about the miss to end the LSU game.
"You have to move on," he said. "You don't have to mention it. He should be like the duck. You know, the water runs off his back. He has to be like that.
"He's working hard. He's practicing well. He's got to get on with it."
De'Anthony Curtis continues to work part of the day with the defensive backs, especially the early periods where fundamentals are stressed. But he wears a white jersey, same as the offense. He moves back to the offense during team periods.
Ryan Calendar is working with the defensive ends during bowl workouts after spending the fall at strongside linebacker. He's still too light for the defensive line, but that might be his position for the future.
Alvin Bailey said he's gained to 330, but now must lose back to 320, what the coaches think he should play at. He said it was difficult to sit out, but he knows it is for the best. He said he continues to get stronger and faster. He said the goal of this team is to be the strongest and fastest team in the SEC and they are working to get there in the weight room.
Bailey also said his father, former Razorback basketballer, wasn't going to let him be anything but a Hog. He said he played AAU basketball for his father and his teams were always named "The Razorbacks."
The Hogs will have another morning practice Saturday before taking Sunday off.