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    Preseason Profile: Ryan Mallett

    RYAN MALLETT
    ARKANSAS
    QB, 6-6, 238, Jr., Texarkana, Ark.

    OUTLOOK: A strong candidate for postseason awards who possesses one of the strongest arms in college football. Since announcing his intentions to return to college football for his junior season, he has been named a first-team preseason All-America and All-SEC honoree by countless outlets. Mallett is the only quarterback from a BCS conference returning this season that finished in the top 10 in pass efficiency in 2009 (152.5, seventh nationally and third-highest in SEC history). In 2009, he set or tied 16 different Arkansas school records. He sustained a broken bone in his left foot during conditioning drills on Feb. 17, which he turned into a positive by focusing on the mental part of the game during spring 2010 drills. The 32 career touchdowns he has been responsible for and his 30 career touchdown passes rank as the highest totals by active SEC players entering 2010.

    2009: Mallett started all 13 games and completed 225-of-403 passes for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He was honored as one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award and was named the College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year. He was a first-team All-SEC selection by ESPN.com and was a second-team honoree by the AP and the league coaches. He was named the 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl MVP and was the only quarterback in the SEC to earn the league offensive player of the week honors outright two times. In his first season in the SEC, he led the league in touchdown passes (30), passing yards per game (278.8) and total offense (276.5). He was also second in the league and seventh nationally in pass efficiency (152.5). He was the only player in the SEC to throw five-or-more touchdown passes in three different games. He also led the league in 400-yard passing performances with two and 300-yard passing performances with five. He led the nation in pass efficiency in home games (191.87). He also led the nation in completions of 25-or-more yards with 44. In addition, he led the SEC in passes of 50-or-more yards (10) and passes of 15-or-more yards (89). He finished high in several SEC single-season categories: 152.5 pass efficiency rating (third), 3,595 total yards gained (seventh); touchdown responsibility (32, T10); 3,624 passing yards gained (eighth); 30 touchdown passes (T12). His completion percentage of 85.2 against South Carolina tied for the fifth-highest single- game effort in SEC history (23-of-27). He set or tied 16 Razorback school records in 2009, 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), and 400-yard passing games in a season and in a career (2). Mallett opened his Razorback career by completing 17-of 22 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown in the victory against Missouri State and helped the Razorbacks throw for a school record 447 passing yards. The next week against Georgia, he set career highs for passing attempts (39), passing yards (408) and passing touchdowns (5). His 412 yards of total offense against the Bulldogs ranked as the highest total by any SEC player in a regular season game in 2009. He led the Razorbacks to a 47-19 victory over Texas A&M in Arlington by going 17-of-27 for 271 yards and four touchdowns. Against then-No. 17 Auburn, he completed 24-of-37 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns and ran for his first touchdown as a Razorback to help UA to a 44-23 victory. In the Eastern Michigan game, he was nearly perfect completing 14-of-16 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns. His accuracy continued the next week as he went 23-of-27 for 329 yards in a 33-16 win against South Carolina. His passing yard total against the Gamecocks ranks ninth on the school’s all-time chart. In the Troy game, he set or tied five different school records, including pass attempts without an interception (141), passing yards in a season, 300-yard passing games in a season and career, and he matched his own school record for touchdown passes in a game (5). His 405 passing yards against Troy ranked second behind his own school record. He threw five touchdown passes again against Mississippi State and went 18-of-34 for 313 yards in the 42-21 victory. He ended the season by leading the Razorbacks to a bowl win for the first time since 2003 and was named MVP of the 20-17 Liberty Bowl victory over East Carolina. Against the Pirates, he was 15-of-36 for 202 yards and threw one touchdown.

    2008: He practiced with the scout team while sitting out as a transfer from Michigan. He 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.

    AT MICHIGAN: 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. He 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. He threw for a personal-best 245 yards and three touchdowns against Wisconsin.

    HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: During his prep career, he 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. He 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. He 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.

    PERSONAL: Born June 5, 1988, he is the son of Jim and Debbie Mallett. He is majoring in sociology.