Ryan Mallett tells Arkansas fans to "Get Ready"
1/8/2010 1:05 PM
Fayetteville - Let the Heisman hype begin. Ryan Mallett will return to the University of Arkansas and play his junior year for Bobby Petrino. After the Liberty Bowl, Mallett told the media that he would let them know when he has made his decision. He announced that decision today.
Statement from Ryan Mallett:
“The decision making process was not easy and I have to thank everyone for allowing me to make one of the most important choices of my life. Everyone knows I grew up a Razorback fan and parked cars at homes games as a kid. The NFL is a goal of mine, but being a Razorback has always been my dream. Fayetteville is where my heart is and my work here is not finished. I know I can improve on several things on the field and off the field. I can become a stronger leader for this community and can use another year in college to continue my growth as a person. My dream was always to play for the Razorbacks and now I want more for all of us. Good quarterbacks set records and great quarterbacks play for and win championships. I’m excited for next season and working with my teammates to be a part of putting a championship culture in place here. The leadership of Chancellor Gearhart and our Director of Athletics Jeff Long is a model for me. I feel like Bobby Petrino is the greatest coach in the nation and we have the greatest fans in the nation. I want to help lead this team to a place among the nation’s elite and this community to have a mindset to expect greatness. I’m not saying we will get there every season, but that should always be our goal. I’m proud of who we are and I’m proud that I’m a Razorback.”
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• Manning Award Finalist.
• Maxwell and O’Brien Award Watch List.
• AutoZone Liberty Bowl MVP
• First-team All-SEC (ESPN.com)
• Second-team All-SEC (Associated Press, Coaches’)
• SEC Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 9 after throwing for 329 yards and completing 23 of 27 passes (.852) against South Carolina. He picked up his second weekly honor on Nov. 23 for his effort in UA's 42-21 victory over Mississippi State. Against the Bulldogs, Mallett threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns. Three of Mallett's five touchdown passes were from long distances (39 yards to Joe Adams and 58 and 64 yards to Cobi Hamilton).
• College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Quarterback Performer of the Week for Georgia and Troy games.
• Ranks seventh in the nation in pass efficiency (152.46) and 17th in total offense (276.54). He leads the SEC in yards per game (278.7) and total offense (276.54). He is second in the league in pass efficiency (157.8).
• Has set or tied 16 Razorback school records this season including touchdown passes in a game (5) and in a season (30), pass completions in a season (225), pass attempts in a season (403), passing yards in a game (408) and in a season (3,624), total offense in a game (412) and in a season (3,595), touchdown responsibility in a season (32; 2 rushing, 30 passing), consecutive pass attempts without an interception (141), completion percentage in a game (13-19 att./.875; 20+ att./.852), 300-yard passing games in a season and in a career (5), 400-yard passing games in a season and in a career (2).
• In the Troy contest, Mallett set or tied five Arkansas school records for consecutive pass attempts without an interception (141), passing yards in a season, 300-yard passing games in a season, 300-yard passing games in a career and touchdown passes in a game.
• His 77.3 percent completion percentage against Missouri State ranks tied for fourth in a single game in Arkansas history and his 309 yards is 12th all-time.
• His 30 touchdown passes this season through 13 games are more than any Razorback team dating back to 1947.
• Has thrown a touchdown pass in 12 of 13 games this season and 15 of 24 games in his career. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns in six of 13 starts as a Razorback and eight of 24 career games.
• In 16 collegiate starts, he has thrown for 200-or-more yards 14 times (12 as a Razorback), 300-or-more yards five times (all at Arkansas) and 400-or-more yards twice.
• His 202 yards passing against East Carolina give him 3,624 for the season, making him the first Razorback to throw for 3,000 yards in a season and improving on Arkansas’ single-season record which he set against Troy on Nov. 14. In his last four games, Mallett has thrown 12 touchdown passes.
• Threw for five touchdown passes in a game for the third time this season against Mississippi State. Also threw for 300-plus yards for the fifth time this year.
• Matched his Arkansas record for touchdown passes in a game with five against Troy. On the day, he was 23-30 for 405 yards with five touchdown passes. He also recorded his career long pass in the contest, an 83-yard toss to Ronnie Wingo, Jr., that went for a touchdown.
• Against Eastern Michigan, he threw three touchdown passes and completed 11-straight passes to start the game.
• Set a career high for completions in a game against Auburn with 24. He went 24-37 in the game for 274 yards.
• Threw four touchdown passes against Texas A&M and tossed a 67-yard reception to Joe Adams.
• Practiced with the scout team while sitting out as a transfer from Michigan.
• Received a lot of work in the spring before missing the final two weeks with a dislocated thumb on his throwing hand. He suffered the injury in the first major scrimmage when he hit the helmet of a defender after following through on a pass attempt.
• To that point in the April 11 scrimmage, he was five-of-11 for 43 yards.
•As a true freshman in 2007, he played in 11 games and completed 61-of-141 passes (.433) for 892 yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions.
•Started three games for injured starter Chad Henne. He made his debut against Oregon and played the entire second half. He started against Notre Dame, Penn State and Minnesota.
• Threw for a then-season high and personal-best 245 yards and three touchdowns against Wisconsin.
At Texas High School
• Completed 526-of-938 passes for 8,331 yards and 76 touchdowns for Coach Barry Norton. As a senior, he set school records by completing 204-of-321 passes for 3,353 passing yards and 33 touchdowns, and led his team to the state quarterfinals.
• Was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Texas and 2006 second-team All-USA by USA Today. He also earned a spot on the EA Sports first-team All-America Multi-Purpose team and the Parade Magazine All-America team. Mallett was honored as the 2006 Player of the Year by the Texarkana Gazette and voted the AP Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year.
• As a junior, he completed 133 passes for 2,219 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for six scores.
• Had 151 completions for 2,307 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore. He also ran for seven touchdowns.
• Out of high school, he was rated the No. 2 quarterback in the nation by both Scout and Rivals. Rivals listed him as the No. 4 overall prospect in the nation while Scout had him at No. 5. Rivals also listed him the No. 1 player in Texas.
• Born June 5, 1988, he is the son of Jim and Debbie Mallett.
• He is majoring in sociology.
Career Highs (at Arkansas)
Attempts 39 - Georgia, 2009; LSU, 2009
Completions 24 - Auburn, 2009
Yards 408 - Georgia, 2009
Touchdowns 5 - Georgia, 2009; Troy, 2009; Mississippi State, 2009
Interceptions 2 - Mississippi State, 2009
Long 83 - Troy, 2009
Career Stats - Passing
Year G/GS Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Lg Pct Avg/P Avg/G
2007* 11/3 141-61-5 892 7 97 43.3 6.3 81.1
2009 13/13 403-225-7 3624 30 83 55.8 9.0 278.8
Total 24/16 544-286-12 4516 37 97 52.6 8.3 188.2
* - Stats from Michigan
What They Are Saying (during the 2009 season)
“I think Ryan Mallett is one of the better quarterbacks. He’s big, strong and physical. He’s going to be a great pro quarterback, but before he does that I think there is a great chance he’ll lead Arkansas to a conference championship. I think he should stay and finish because you only get a chance to be in college one time. I think you only get to be in the pros one time and you should do everything you can to prepare for it. Nothing will prepare Ryan Mallett more for the NFL than playing for Arkansas in the SEC.” – Lou Holtz
“It's clear to me. I've seen enough. Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett has the strongest arm in the land. I'm not sure it's close.” – Rece Davis, ESPN.com
“The guy has velocity like Usain Bolt has acceleration.” – Bruce Feldman, ESPN.com
“I didn’t realize just how big he was. To see him up close was a little bit different than looking at him on film. Mallett’s got a great three-quarter to overhead release, so when he’s releasing the ball he’s probably releasing it close to seven feet (tall). He can see the field better than most. Then when he’s throwing a swing pass and you’ve got a guy right in his face, (the defender) is jumping as high as he can jump and he still can’t bat the dang ball down. I think he’s eligible for the NFL after this year, so I really think it would be a good idea for him to check that out. ”
– Mark Richt, Georgia Head Coach
“He throws the deep ball, when he is on, as good as any young guy I’ve seen.”
– Bob Davie, ESPN
“He’s a pure passer who moves around well in pocket; obviously he makes the Razorback offense go. We talk about a quarterback that can make all the throws; No. 15 can make all the throws. The touch pass, he’s got a cannon so he can zip the out cut from one hash to the opposite sidelines.”
– Chris Spielman
“He’s got great confidence and it is a genuine confidence. He knows he is a great football player. Not cocky, but confident and I love that in a quarterback.”
– Chris Spielman
“Obviously, the most impressive part of the watching the offense work is Ryan Mallett. I think Coach (Bobby) Petrino hit the lottery when Ryan decided to transfer to Arkansas.”
– Chris Spielman
The Razorbacks finished with an 8-5 record in 2009, in which Mallett helped his team by setting or matching 16 different school records. He finished the year completing 225-of-403 passes for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. Mallett was an All-SEC second-team selection by the league coaches and media and he was named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award. He led the SEC in total offense (276.5) and helped Arkansas lead the SEC in scoring offense (42.2) and passing offense (433.7).
Arkansas opens the 2010 season in Fayetteville on September 4th and will travel to Little Rock on September 11th with their first SEC game at Georgia before the home conference opener in Fayetteville against Defending National Champion - Alabama on September 25th.