Will Wilson Play Against Bulldogs?

FAYETTEVILLE — It's no secret quarterback Ryan Mallett will start and play Saturday's game against No. 23 Georgia (1-1, 1-0 in Southeastern Conference). But Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino wasn't ready to say Monday whether backup Tyler Wilson will be part of the gameplan, too.

"I haven't even thought about that yet," Petrino said. "We'll talk about that later."

Mallett and Wilson combined to set a school record for passing yards against the Bears (447 yards). Mallett started and played the first two series before being replaced by Wilson. He came back in late in the half and played most of the third quarter before handing the ball back to Wilson for the final 15 minutes.

But no matter what happens at the position Saturday, the Razorbacks know strong play at quarterback will be vital.

Mallett watched South Carolina's Stephen Garcia threw for 313 yards last Saturday. It nearly beat Georgia.

"They had success (throwing) it, but I think Georgia will also change some things up and approach the game differently," Mallett said.

Mallett was sharp in his debut, completing 17 of 22 passes for 309 yards against Missouri State.

But Mallett also said he "lost his technique" at times and was a "little sloppy" after halftime. So the sophomore said he has spent the past week working on his fundamentals.

Petrino said Mallett — who will make his first SEC start Saturday — just needs to build off his play in the opener.

"He's got to just relax, be calm and execute the offense like he did in the game the other night and worry about being on time, getting his feet set and delivering the ball," Petrino said. "Ryan's certainly capable of playing in this conference and doing real, real well."



Special Teams Questions

The Razorbacks still have some decisions to make on special teams this week.

The punt return spot remains undecided after receiver Joe Adams struggled in the opener. According to Adams, Arkansas is looking at the sophomore, cornerback Jerell Norton and running back Michael Smith.

"I would love to have another chance to catch punts," Adams said. "If coach puts me back there I'll catch them."

Also, no decision has been made on whether Alex Tejada or Cameron Bryan will kick off.



Plenty of Options

Arkansas may be missing its two most experience receivers, seniors Lucas Miller and London Crawford. But Mallett didn't seem too concerned about Arkansas' depth when at the position when asked Monday.

"I still think we've got like 30 on the team," Mallett joked. "I think we've got plenty of guys there that are more than capable of playing in the game. You hate to lose two guys like that, especially being older, but they're going to be back and we're looking forward to that."



'Bama Kickoff Set

Kickoff for the Arkansas-Alabama game on Sept. 26 has been set for 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised by CBS.

It will be Arkansas' first appearance on CBS this season. The Razorbacks' last appearance on the network was the 31-30 win against LSU in the 2008 season finale.



Familiar Foe

Petrino has never coached against Georgia's Mark Richt, but is familiar with one member of his staff.

Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez spent time visiting with Petrino and his staff when he was at Louisville and with the Atlanta Falcons.

"Their defensive coaches used to come over to our practices quite a bit," Petrino said. "They also came up and spent a week when I was coaching at Louisville."

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