Petrino brings offensive success to Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - As a young coach trying to make his way in the college ranks, Bobby Petrino paid close attention to then-Florida coach Steve Spurrier.

Petrino studied video of the Gators' Fun-n-Gun offense, watching for details he could incorporate into his own passing offense. The studying paid off for Petrino, whose offenses finished in the top 10 nationally in each of his four seasons at Louisville.

"I've got a tremendous amount of respect for coach Spurrier," Petrino said. "He's certainly put a huge stamp in the passing game throughout America."

Now in his third year as the coach at Arkansas, Petrino once again has 1 of the top offenses in the country. The No. 17 Razorbacks (6-2, 3-2 SEC) are ninth nationally in total offense (487.4) and second in passing (360.2).

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