Petrino talks about Ryan Mallett

The Alabama Crimson Tide faces Ryan Mallet and the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday. Mallett started his career at Michigan, but left when Rich Rodriguez arrived. Petrino and Mallett talk a little about the transfer below.

AP: Mallett sat out the 2008 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Petrino made do with the leftovers at quarterback from Houston Nutt’s tenure, and the Razorbacks went 5-7.

With Mallett starting in 2009, Arkansas went 8-5 while he began rewriting the school record books.

He threw for 3,627 yards and 30 touchdowns last year. This seasons he’s already at 1,081 yards with nine TD passes heading into Saturday’s showdown in Fayetteville, Ark., against No. 1 Alabama.

“To be a great leader you have to be a good follower,” Petrino said. “He’s really able to follow what the coaches want and help the other players get there.” (read more about Mallett in the AP story below)