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Paul Petrino
Position: Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks
Alma Mater: Carroll College
Graduating Year: 1988
Paul Petrino
Courtesy: Athletic Communications

Paul Petrino is in his second stint with the Razorbacks after rejoining the Arkansas staff in December 2011. He has 21 years of collegiate experience and an impressive offensive background, which includes national top-10 rankings in scoring and total offense.

In the 2012 NFL Draft, five offensive players he coached at Illinois or Arkansas were drafted, including four wide receivers, which was the most by any coach in the nation. Receiver A.J. Jenkins was a first-round selection by the San Francisco 49ers, and tackle Jeff Allen was the Kansas City Chiefs' second-round pick. Petrino's Arkansas receivers tied a draft record as for the 14th time in draft history, and third time by the SEC, a school had three different wide receivers selected in the same draft. Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs were all drafted in the fourth round, marking the sixth time in draft history a school had three receivers picked in the first four rounds.

Petrino coached the Razorbacks in their 29-16 win vs. No. 11 Kansas State in the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl after completing his second season as offensive coordinator at Illinois. In the Cotton Bowl, Arkansas averaged 5.7 yards per play, including more than four yards per rush and 7.0 per pass attempt, while totaling 345 yards of offense. Quarterback Tyler Wilson was named the bowl's Offensive MVP after passing for 216 yards and two touchdowns while completing 20-of-31 passes.

In 2011, Petrino coached Jenkins to one of the best seasons by a receiver in Illinois history, as Jenkins led the Big Ten with 90 catches and was a first-team all-conference performer. His 1,276 yards ranked second in school history, just two yards shy of the Illini record, and he also ranked in the top five of the school's list for season receptions, season 100-yard receiving games, career receptions, career receiving yardage, career receiving touchdowns and career 100-yard receiving games.

Petrino guided an Illini offense that broke school records for total points (423) and points per game (32.54) in 2010 and featured running back Mikel Leshoure, who broke the single-season school rushing record with 1,697 yards. Illinois averaged 42.1 points and 448.9 total yards over the last seven games of the season and notched a 38-14 win over Baylor in the 2010 Texas Bowl.

In 2009 he was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas as the team averaged 37 points per game, which ranked eighth in the NCAA, while also posting top-15 rankings in passing offense at No. 10 (303.3 ypg) and total offense at No. 14 (439.3 ypg). Quarterback Ryan Mallett was the nation's sixth-rated passer, averaging 285 yards per contest and throwing 29 touchdowns. The Razorbacks broke the school record for passing yards with 3,640, eclipsing the previous record that was set under Petrino in 2008.

Petrino coached at Louisville from 2003-06 and in 2007 with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. He was the receivers coach in Atlanta after working the four previous years as offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Louisville. Playing for Petrino, Roddy White posted then-career-highs with 83 catches and 1,202 yards.

His teams at Louisville averaged 41.1 points per game from 2003-06; 34.6 in '03; 49.8 in '04; 43.3 in '05 and 37.8 in '06. Texas Tech was the only other school to rank in the top 10 nationally in total offense during those years. In 50 games at Louisville, Petrino's teams went 41-9 and scored 40 or more points 28 times and 60 or more seven times.

Petrino coached three wide receivers who set single-season yardage records at Louisville. Arnold Jackson totaled 1,209 yards in 1999, J.R. Russell broke the record in 2003 with 1,213 yards and Harry Douglas had 1,265 yards in 2006.

In 2006, the Cardinals went 12-1, won the Big East title and finished the year ranked No. 6 in the nation. Louisville was second in the country in total offense (475.3 ypg), seventh in passing (290.0 ypg) and fourth in scoring (37.8 ppg). In 2005, Louisville was ninth in the nation in offense (482.1 ypg) and third in scoring (43.4 ppg) with six offensive players earning first-team All-Big East Conference honors. Running back Michael Bush led the nation with 24 touchdowns, while receiver Mario Urrutia was second in the nation in yards per catch.

The 2004 team won the Conference USA title, beat No. 10 Boise State in the Liberty Bowl to end the season 11-1, finished ranked No. 7 in the nation and led the country in total offense (539.0 ypg) and scoring offense (49.8 ppg). The Cardinals set school records for total yards, rushing yards and points in a season (597), also scoring 50-plus points seven times. Russell earned All-Conference USA honors for the second straight season after catching 73 passes. He had 75 catches for a school-record 1,213 yards in 2003.

Petrino began his coaching career in 1990 and served two seasons as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Carroll College. He coached at Idaho for the next three years, from 1992-94, where he tutored receivers, running backs and special teams. As running backs coach, he coached Sherriden May to All-America honors after he led I-AA players with 150 points while rushing for 1,111 yards. Petrino moved to Utah State from 1995-97 as receivers coach and special teams coordinator. In 1995, Aggies' receiver Kevin Alexander was second in the nation in receptions and third in yards.

In 1998, Petrino went to Louisville for two years in his first stint at the school. In 1998, UL set records for points, scoring average, touchdowns, passing yards, passing touchdowns, pass attempts, pass completions and total offense. In 1998, the Cardinals ranked No. 1 in the nation in passing offense and ranked second in 1999.

From 2000-02, he was the quarterbacks coach at Southern Mississippi. In his three seasons, the Golden Eagles went 8-4, 6-5 and 7-6 with two bowl bids.

Born in Butte, Mont., Petrino was a four-year starter at quarterback for his father at Carroll College from 1985-88. He set 16 school records, earned Kodak All-America honors and was named the Football Gazette NAIA Division II Player of the Year as a senior. In Petrino's four seasons, Carroll was 36-6 and won four Frontier Conference titles. He was an all-conference and all-region selection all four years and was a two-time All-American.

Petrino and his wife, Maya, have two daughters, Anne Mari and Ava, and a son, Mason. Anne Mari and Mason are twins.


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