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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