Sam Pittman opened his Monday press conference praising Bobby Petrino’s success at Arkansas as the Razorbacks get set to take on Missouri State and Petrino on Saturday.

“Last time Arkansas was relevant relevant was when Coach Petrino was here and we’re very grateful for his time here and what he did for the program, we’ve used that in recruiting,” Pittman said. “Without him and his staff, we wouldn’t have been able to do that. So it’ll be exciting, I’m sure, for him to come back here. They’ve got a good team, ranked seventh in the FCS.”

Petrino was 34-17 at Arkansas in 4 seasons, and advanced to the Liberty, Sugar and Cotton Bowls, and went 2-1 in those bowl games, including a 10-3 season in 2010, and an 11-2 season in 2011. However, Petrino’s motorcycle wreck in April 2012 turned into a scandal that cost him his job.

Arkansas is coming off of a strong win over South Carolina, and coming out of that game, Drew Sanders and Ricky Stromberg each earned SEC weekly honors, the conference announced Monday. Sanders was named the league’s defensive player of the week while Stromberg received offensive lineman of the week recognition.

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is set for 6 p.m. local time on SEC Network+/ESPN+.