FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Razorback football team practiced for just under two hours on Thursday as they finished their preparations for their season opener against Missouri State on Saturday, September 5. Arkansas and Missouri State kick off their respective seasons at 6 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark.
Bobby Petrino is 5-0 all-time in season openers and 21-6 when having more than one week to prepare for a game (Including season openers, bowl games, bye weeks and mid-week games).
Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett last played in a game on Nov. 17, 2007, against Ohio State. From the time of his last appearance in a game and the time of the 2009 Arkansas season opener 658 days will have passed. In the fall of 2008, Mallett got a lot of work in on Sunday nights as he had 455 reps during those workouts. Ryan Mallett has never lost a game as a starting quarterback in college. During the 2007 season at Michigan, he was 3-0 with victories against Notre Dame, Penn State and Minnesota.
This year marks the sixth time in school history Arkansas has started a season in Little Rock after finishing the previous year there.
The following is a transcript of some of head coach Bobby Petrino's comments following Thursday's workout.
On the final practice
On Petrino's expectations of the offense
Plans on Tyler Wilson playing
Do you encourage them to watch football tonight
On the Missouri State defense