Arkansas relies on experience against Missouri St

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Bobby Petrino repeatedly had to remind himself to "endeavor to persevere" during his first season at Arkansas.

The Razorbacks finished 5-7 in the 2008 campaign, during which 13 true freshmen and seven redshirt freshmen saw action. Eighteen of those players remain, and Arkansas' coach hopes their experience will help new quarterback Tyler Wilson in the Razorbacks' season opener against Missouri State on Saturday night.

Expectations are high for Wilson and No. 15 Arkansas, which is coming off its first BCS berth in the Sugar Bowl last season and has its highest preseason ranking since opening 1990 at No. 14.

Missouri State was picked to finish last in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and will start freshman Kierra Harris at quarterback against the Razorbacks following the suspension of Trevor Wooden.