Mallett said he was a little late for a meeting last week. He said he apologized and took responsibility. Apparently, he had a good practice Tuesday. He also said he'd turned in the paperwork to the NFL's college evaluation committee.
"I was a little late and I respect (Bobby Petrino's) decision," Mallett said. "I take responsibility."
"I wasn't aware of that until two minutes ago," he said.
As far as asking for an opinion to the NFL evaluation committee, he said, "I just want to see my grade. I have no idea."
He said he was "not worried" about what it might turn out to be, but knows a "lot of juniors" ask for a preliminary evaluation and that's what he wanted.
"Practices have been very good," he said. "We will be very prepared for this bowl game."
Defensive coordinator Willy Robinson praised the work of freshman Darius Winston and junior college transfer Caleb Evans. He said both are in the game plan for the Liberty Bowl.
Robinson said the hitting has been good in bowl practices, especially a scrimmage Saturday that included tackling to the ground. He said it was needed to keep the team sharp for the game.
Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said all of the quarterbacks have been impressive in bowl work. He said the work gained by freshman Brandon Mitchell has proved very helpful. He said Mitchell has gotten a lot of meaningful snaps and has improved.
"For those who have been around Brandon, you know he has a great personality and a lot of character," he said. "We are preparing Ryan for the game. Our plan was to get Ryan ready for the game, but we've gotten the others a lot of work, too.
"Brandon has been one of the most important players in this period. He's gotten reps during practice and a lot after practice. You can really see him grown. When we signed him, we knew it would be a bit of a project. But he's a willing learner and he's getting better."
Wide receiver Joe Adams said practices have been impressive since the LSU game. He lauded both Tyler Wilson and Brandon Mitchell, the quarterbacks who have gotten a lot of work.
"You like all of them," Adams said. "They all can throw it. They do great things. How are they like Mallett? They have big arms. But, Mallett is always going to be Mallett. He is going to get you the ball.
"Practices have been going really great. We've done a lot of good work for the bowl. So far, so good."
Has there been any talk among players about the decision Mallett must make regarding his future?
"Really, it's about East Carolina," Adams said. "We joke around that he has to come back. But that's a decision he has to make on down the line.
"We know all the receivers are coming back. We've got Greg Childs, Jarius Wright, me and Cobi Hamilton. I want to include Cobi. He's a nice addition. He's getting in a groove."
Robinson said Winston, true freshman cornerback, has been in a groove, too.
"The last four or five weeks, he's made great strides," Robinson said. "He's getting confidence. He's adjusting to the scheme. He's improved his technique.
"I think there is an adjustment for a player when he comes to college. He has to adjust to the length of the college season. It's a lot longer. He's doing that. When you first get here, there is a deer-in-headlight look."
Asked if Winston is in the bowl plans, Robinson said, "He'll play quite a bit. He deserves it and he has earned it."
Robinson said Evans has "also caught our eyes. He is focused and understands the defense now. He will have a role (in the bowl). He understands the scheme, stance and technique. He's made great strides."
Robinson likes the way the Hogs have handled contact in bowl practices.
"We've had a great deal of contact," he said. "Saturday was a lot of scrimmage work. You can have tackling drills, thudding and focus on physical play, but there are times you just have to get players ready by scrimmaging. We tackled to the ground. That was good."
Robinson said the offensive scout team has done a terrific job and has played physical.
"They've done a tremendous job and that's made for physical practice," he said. "Our scout team has really helped us."