"I don't know what it is, but when you take a day off like we did Sunday, sometimes it takes a little bit to get going again," Wilson said. "I think we just had to have someone get after us a little bit this morning. Our afternoon practice was a lot better."
Tight end D. J. Williams said much the same thing about the afternoon workout.
"The first was a little shaky, the afternoon much improved," said Williams, noting the video review of Saturday's scrimmage revealed a need to concentrate more on technique.
Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said the same thing.
"I think when our players got tired, their technique slipped," McGee said. "But the video was great for coaching points. We saw a lot of good things, but we saw a lot of things on the tape that we can improve. We spent Sunday watching the tape and coaching our players on what they can do to get better. We are a better team today."
Wilson drew praise from McGee.
"I think Tyler had a good day (Saturday)," McGee said. "When you throw five or six touchdown passes, you did well."
Wilson said the Hogs need to continue to improve.
"I think when you see the video, you see a lot of good things and a lot of things that we need to fix," Wilson said. "I think we did some good things early and had the defense on the run. We slipped in the second half, but I think you can see we've really helped ourselves in a lot of depth spots. We just have to keep pushing and getting better.
"We've had steady installs and now we are going to stay with what we've got for a few days. We have had a good fall camp so far. I thought the first four days, the veterans were actually amazing. We practiced in mid-season form right out of the gate which is surprising."
McGee said the lull in the morning and in some aspects of the scrimmage might be because of the heat.
"It is the dog days of summer," McGee said. "I think in some areas you saw our legs worn down. It's tough on our receivers because of what we ask them to do. But we are tough enough to get through it and out of it. I saw a lot more bounce in our steps from the start of the afternoon practice. We didn't have energy in the morning, but we had it from the moment we stepped on the field in the afternoon."
Williams said, "I think what we found out about the scrimmage after watching film was that maybe we didn't have the toughness we needed. We talked about that in the meeting room. I think we got that fixed with some leadership from within the team."
First team quarterback Ryan Mallett is also "progressing," according to McGee.
"I thought he was pressing at some points," McGee said. "I think what we saw is at the very start he was so excited that he missed some checks. Then, he got better at the end. I thought he was passionate at the end of the scrimmage and was working to get his teammates going and in position.
"There was a point where his technique slipped a little. He wasn't on the balls of his feet.
"But Ryan is doing well and he's on the right path. He will be where he needs to be in two weeks when we play a game."
Several players missed both the morning and afternoon workouts. Safety Rudell Crim, who left the scrimmage with an injury, was on the sideline working with the strength and conditioning staff. He apparently took a knock to the head. He was moving quickly on the sideline in his drills. Linebackers Jerry Franklin and Jermaine Love did not practice.
Senior Anthony Leon, who has worked at safety in his two seasons with the Hogs, worked as more of an outside linebacker in nickel packages in both sessions Saturday. Daunte Carr, Darrell Smith and Dustin Cain got more work at safety with Crim out and Leon at outside linebacker.
Offensive line coach Chris Klenakis said the work in the front continues to be mix and match, with an eye towards a long season.
"We are looking at combinations and making sure we get everyone work at several spots," Klenakis said. "I've found that you have to do that in camp. You can't wait until five weeks into the season when you might lose a player and then put a guy at a spot. So I like to move then around, check out different looks."
Klenakis said he was far from settled on any look.
"We want to keep working, keep getting better," he said. "I would say that I'm far from satisfied, but what you have to keep in mind is that I have high standards and Coach (Bobby) Petrino has high standards. We have high standards for this University. We are making progress on preparations for a long season. I think what you see is that we are trying to get more than five offensive lineman prepared for the season."
One of the most heated battles is at center where Seth Oxner and Travis Swanson continue to split first team work.
"I think it's probably split 50-50," Swanson said. "I think we are both getting half the first team work. It's been great competition."
Swanson has a reputation for bringing some nastiness to the field. That seems to be one of the trademarks Klenakis pushes. Did Swanson learn something from his new coach?
"I don't think you get that in a few days," Swanson said. "He talks about nastiness a lot, but you don't just inherit nastiness from someone. You have to work to get it and that's what we are doing. I think it comes from trying to be the first one to pop someone. You don't want to have to wait on someone to pop you first to respond."