July 11th, 2011 01:01 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Arkansas
Tags: Houston Nutt, QB, Receiver Jarius Wright, Ryan Mallett
Last season, Bobby Petrino led Arkansas to a 10-win season and a #12 national ranking. Even without star quarterback Ryan Mallett leading the way in 2011, Petrino wants his Razorbacks to keep improving.
“I was taught that if you have a goal and you can’t verbalize it, then you’ll never achieve it,” Petrino said in an ArkansasSports360.com season preview. “So we talk about it. We want to win a national championship. That’s what our goal is. That’s what drives us.”
Receiver Jarius Wright says a lot has changed since Petrino arrived three seasons ago:
“It’s just different the way people talk about Arkansas now. When I first came in we didn’t make a bowl game. Now we’re talking about national championships. A lot has changed in three years.”
During the Houston Nutt years, Arkansas would step forward — and then backward — in two-year cycles. Nine-win seasons would drop off to five-win campaigns. Then four-win seasons would birth 10-win years.
If Petrino can keep the Hogs moving forward this season — without Mallett at QB — it would signal a step toward true consistency. And that might lead more people outside of the Ozarks to mention “Arkansas” and “national championship” in the same breath.
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