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“He’s a guy that really cares about his players,” Wilson said. “He wants you to succeed on every account, whatever it takes. He loves football; he loves being here. With that, you don’t feel like you can hesitate to call him, whatever it is that you need, he’s there for you. I think that’s the biggest thing for me as a player that you like in a coach.”

The closeness of the Petrino-Wilson relationship even led Petrino to admit this week that his communication with Wilson is one of the primary reasons he’ll call plays from the sidelines this season rather than the coaching booth.

Wilson threw for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns last season under Bobby Petrino’s leadership, leading Arkansas to an 11-2 record and Cotton Bowl win over Kansas State. Now all that’s left is for the quarterback/coach duo to show once and for all what they can do together _ not on their own.

“We both have that same fire-type attitude, and I just think (Wilson‘) prepared himself to have a very good year,” Petrino said. “He’s won all the way, and I don’t think he’ll have any regrets.”