"It was just really cold this morning," head coach Bobby Petrino said.
That's in contrast to the way Ryan Mallett has thrown the ball in the last few weeks. He's been red hot.
"I've been a lot more accurate this camp," Mallett said. "My (percentage completion) numbers have not been up and down this preseason. I've really tried to work on completion percentage."
"He's been doing a good job of distributing the ball and his numbers have been good," Petrino said. "There were a couple of days it was disappointing, but there were a number of dropped balls those two days."
Petrino said it's been good since they tapered off the work load for the wide receivers late last week in preparation for a Thursday scrimmage. The work load has been lighter this week, too, as the team prepares for the final live scrimmage Friday night, a mock game that will be closed to all access.
"I think when we got our legs back, the timing started to show up," Petrino said. "We haven't done as much this week and I think the timing improved again."
Petrino likes what he sees leading up to Friday's live work.
"I think this is always the toughest week because school has started and you are still two weeks away from a game," Petrino said. "But we've had a good week. We wanted to prepare like it was game week. We conducted meetings like we would to game plan."
The Friday night mock game will be a lot like last week's Thursday night workout, but with more special teams.
"We'll have a little more kicking," Petrino said. "We've got some more things on our check list like kickoffs and returns after safeties. We are trying to cover everything. We'll look at everything you can for a game atmosphere."
Petrino confirmed that Joe Adams was the leader for punt returns. He also said Dylan Breeding is the clear leader for the punting job. Elsewhere, the competition continues in the field goal and kickoff battle.
"It's ongoing," he said. "I believe in waiting on making a decision until you have to. That could mean waiting until game time. If you can make it before then, fine. But wait if you need to.
"We'll continue to chart the field goal and extra points."
Petrino usually does not comment on injuries, but said he would mention the reason running back Dennis Johnson has missed some time this week.
"He had a wisdom tooth pulled," he said. "We hope he'll be full speed on Monday."
The battle at running back continues to be about pass protection.
"We think all of them can run the ball," Petrino said. "What we want is to trust them not to get the quarterback hurt."
The quarterback said he's full speed. He missed spring drills and most of the summer with a broken foot.
"It's not been a problem," Mallett said. "I've been going full speed and it feels great. No problems."
Mallett said it was a good Thursday workout.
"We are still in camp and we attacked today," he said. "I think we are excited about the scrimmage. It's going to be like a game and we like that."
The atmosphere has been good all fall, he said.
"I think the guys know we have a chance to be really good," he said. "It's still hard work, but I think this team is close and working hard to come together."
John L. Smith, special teams coach, sees things coming together.
"I've got a good feel for our punt game and our kicking game," he said. "I'm not just talking about the kickers, but the overall game. I trust all aspects a lot more than last year. I think competition has helped and experience has helped."
Some aspects are settled. Dylan Breeding has moved ahead in the job to be the punter.
"He's greatly improved," Smith said. "Knock on wood, he's really been nailing it. He's a ton better. He's been consistently putting it up there four seconds. If he does that, we'll have time to cover it. He's got a big time leg. He's stronger and he's really worked his tail off since last year. He's more flexible.
"His drop is consistent and he's got the leg. He's got a big-time leg. Really, you see some of the things he can do, he's a great athlete. He can throw the ball 70 yards.
"You see some freshman pushed into duty and then the next year they are a lot better. That's the case with him. You'd like to be able to sit a freshman, but sometimes you can't."
The battle for the placekicker job might come down to Alex Tejada and Zach Hocker in the next week. Smith said Eddie Camara needs to pick up his operation time.
"Alex has had a good camp," Smith said. "I like what I see. Competition is always good for you. He's been very adequate this camp.
"Hocker has good range and is accurate, too. Eddie has the accuracy, but he needs to get quicker. You see that sometimes when a kicker gets to college that first year. You time them and the operation is a little slow. Eddie will keep working and he'll get quicker. He's not there yet."