Petrino: Arkansas will be improved

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Arkansas' Bobby Petrino is hoping to

approach the recent success of second-year coaches in the

Southeastern Conference.

Petrino said Wednesday at league media days his team should be

much better, deeper and more experienced after winning just two SEC

games last season. At Florida, Urban Meyer won a national

championship in his second year. Alabama's Nick Saban won 12 games

in Year 2 last season.

Petrino said he feels by the second year players know better

what the coaching staff expects and can react quicker on the field.

The Razorbacks also have 6-foot-7 quarterback Ryan Mallett, who sat

out last year after transferring from Michigan.

Petrino said Mallett is more mobile after trimming down more

than 25 pounds from the 265 he weighed upon arriving.

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