The book on: QB Ryan Mallett

Ryan Mallett (Streeter Lecka/Getty)

Ryan Mallett was one of the Vikings' visits this week, but he may not be an ideal fit for the team's offense. Find out why, along with the in-depth look at his accomplishments at Arkansas, Michigan and high school.

Ryan Mallett
Quarterback
University of Arkansas Razorbacks
#15
6:06.2-238
Texarkana, Arkansas
University of Michigan
Texas High School

OVERVIEW

After transferring from the University of Michigan in 2007, Mallett scorched Southeastern Conference defenses on his way to becoming the most prolific passer in Arkansas history. In just two seasons, the signal caller shattered all-time school records for passing yards (7,793) and touchdowns (62), placing third in attempts (814) and second in completions (491).

The quarterback stands at an impressive 6-foot-6 and has no trouble seeing over his lineman and scanning the field. His greatest attribute is his arm strength, as he possesses one of the strongest arms at any level and undoubtedly has the ability to make every NFL throw. He is the ideal fit for National Football League teams looking to employ a vertical passing game. In fact, an impressive 23.22 percent of his completions at Arkansas went for gains of at least 20 yards.

Mallett's impact on the Razorbacks' passing offense has been very apparent. Head coach Bobby Petrino arrived at the University of Arkansas in 2008 and installed a pass-heavy shotgun-spread offense. Arkansas' passing production rose all the way to a 24th national ranking (259.58 ypg) after finishing an abysmal 112th (163.46 ypg) the previous season. But it wasn't until Mallett took the field that the Razorbacks truly reached elite status.

In his first year as a starter, Mallett helped produce the nation's 10th-ranking passing offense, as the Razorbacks managed 295.54 aerial yards per game. Mallett also finished seventh on the NCAA's individual chart, averaging 278.77 passing yards per contest. The quarterback pushed Arkansas' production to new heights in 2010, as the Razorbacks finished fourth nationally while posting an average of 333.69 passing yards per game. Mallett himself finished as the NCAA's fifth-best statistical performer, registering 297.62 aerial yards per game.

Mallett was regarded as one of the nation's elite prep recruits at Texas High School. He was given the highest rating of five stars by Rivals.com, who listed him as the nation's second-best pro-style quarterback and fourth overall prospect, as well as the top recruit from the state of Texas. He was also rated a five-star prospect by Scout.com, as that recruiting service ranked him as the second-best quarterback in the country.

As a senior, Mallett set school records by completing 204 of 321 passes (63.36%) for 3,353 yards and 33 touchdowns. He led his squad to a 12-1 overall record and an appearance in the quarterfinals round of the state playoffs. His list of accolades included Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Texas, Player of the Year by the Texarkana Gazette and the Associated Press Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the EA Sports first-team All-American Multi-Purpose team, Parade Magazine All-American squad and All-USA second-team by USA Today.

Countless universities across the country offered Mallett football scholarships, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Louisiana State, Michigan, Nebraska and Texas. The standout prep chose to end the speculation early by committing the Wolverines prior to his senior season.

Mallett enrolled at the University of Michigan in January of 2007 to get a head start on his collegiate career. The decision proved to be a wise one, as he was thrust into action in just the second game of the season when starting quarterback Chad Henne went down with injury. The true freshman played in 11 contests and started three times, leading the team to victories over Notre Dame and Penn State. He completed 61 of 141 pass attempts (43.26%) for 892 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions.

At the conclusion of the 2007 season, head coach Lloyd Carr retired and was replaced by Rich Rodriguez, who brought a run-heavy spread offense that didn't fit Mallett's playing style. The quarterback elected to transfer to Arkansas, where new head coach Bobby Petrino employed a pass-heavy scheme well-suited for Mallett's talents. He sat out the 2008 season per NCAA transfer rules.

Mallett took over as the Razorbacks' starting quarterback in 2009 and enjoyed a record-breaking campaign, setting single-season school marks for pass attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns. He gained 3,624 yards with 30 touchdowns and threw just seven interceptions on 225 of 403 pass attempts (55.83%), adding two more scores on the ground while leading his team to an 8-5 overall record.

Mallett's performance earned an All-Southeastern Conference second-team honors from the league's coaches and media. He was named the College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year and was a member of Watch Lists for the Maxwell (Top Player) and Davey O'Brien (Top Quarterback) Awards. He also finished as a finalist for the Manning Award, presented annually to the nation's top quarterback.

Mallett built on his performance as a junior, topping all of his numbers from the 2009 season while taking Arkansas to the next level. The Razorbacks posted a 10-3 record and earned their first BCS bowl bid in school history. He completed 266 of 411 pass attempts (64.72%) for 3,869 yards with 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, adding four scores on rushing attempts.

Mallett earned second-team All-SEC honors and finished as a finalist for the Manning Award for the second-straight year. At the conclusion of the season, he announced he would forgo his final year of eligibility. "After careful consideration, I have decided to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft. Ever since I was a kid, my dream has always been to play for the Razorbacks and I am thankful I had the opportunity to do so…Playing in the NFL is a goal of mine and I am grateful to the people that have prepared me to take the next step."

CAREER NOTES
During his collegiate career, Mallett appeared in a total of 37 games (11 at Michigan and 26 at Arkansas, Starting all 27 contests he appeared in at Arkansas and three at Michigan…He concluded his college career with 8,385 yards, 69 touchdowns and 24 interceptions, completing 552 of 955 passes (57.80%), as he also recorded minus 141 yards with seven scores on 135 carries (-1.04 ypc)…Joined Clint Stoerner (1996-99) as the only Arkansas quarterbacks to throw for 7,000 yards in a career and became just the fourth passer in Southeastern Conference history with 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons…As a Razorback, Mallett completed 491 of 814 attempts (60.32%) for 7,493 yards, 62 touchdowns and 19 interceptions, finishing with 7,390 yards in total offense on 916 plays (8.07 avg), averaging 284.23 yards per game…301 of 491 pass completions (61.30%) went for first-downs, converting 76 of 193 third-down passes (39.38%)…279 of his pass completions (56.82%) went for gains of at least 10 yards, including 114 that went for 20 yards or more (23.22%)…151 of 814 pass attempts (18.55%) resulted in either a sack, interception or pass deflection…His 7,793 aerial yards broke Stoerner's all-time Arkansas record of 7,422 and rank 20th in Southeastern Conference annals…Set a school season-record with 3,869 aerial yards in 2010, shattering Stoerner's previous mark of 2,629 in 1998, as that mark also places fourth on the SEC's record chart…Placed second on the school's season-record chart with 3,624 aerial yards in 2009, as that mark also ranks ninth in SEC annals …Broke Stoerner's Arkansas game record with 408 aerial yards vs. Georgia in 2009 and then topped his own mark with 409 yards vs. Vanderbilt in 2010…Connected with Mario Manningham on a 97-yard touchdown pass vs. Wisconsin in 2007, setting a record for the longest play in Michigan history…Threw for a school-record 62 touchdowns to break Stoerner's Arkansas record of 57, as that mark also ties Doug Johnson of Florida (1996-99) for 16th in SEC history…Set the school season-record with 32 touchdown tosses in 2010, surpassing Stoerner's mark of 26 in 1998 while tying Tim Tebow of Florida (2007) for eighth on the SEC's record list…His 30 touchdowns passes in 2009 placed second on the Razorbacks' season-record list and tied for 13th in SEC history…Mallett is the only player in Arkansas annals with five touchdown passes in a game, accomplishing the feat on four occasions, most recently vs. Texas-El Paso in 2010…His 814 attempts placed third all-time at Arkansas behind Stoerner (1,023), Barry Lunney, Jr. (856; 1992-95) and Casey Dick (850; 2005-08)…Broke Stoerner (2008) and Dick's (1997) school season-record of 357 pass attempts with 411 attempts in 2010…His 403 attempts in 2009 also placed second in school annals…His 491 completions place second all-time at Arkansas behind Stoerner (528)…Broke Dick's (2008) school season-record of 205 pass completions with 225 in 2009, and then proceeded to top his own mark with 266 successful throws in 2010… Completed 60.32% of his passes to shatter Bill Montgomery's Arkansas record (55.89%; 1986-70)…Completed 64.72% of his attempts in 2010 to place second on the school's annual record chart behind Kevin Scanlon (66.19%; 1979)…Broke Ronny South's school record for completion percentage (81.81%; 1967) in a season, hitting on 85.19% of his passes vs. South Carolina in 2009, and then proceeded to top his own mark by hitting on 87.50% of his throws vs. Tennessee Tech in 2010…Set a school record for consecutive passes without an interception with 141 in 2009…Mallett's 916 plays rank seventh all-time at Arkansas behind Stoerner (1,200), Lunney, Jr. (1,192), Matt Jones (1,137; 1992-95), Quinn Grovey (978; 1987-90), Brad Taylor (973; 1981-84) and Casey Dick (959)…His 461 plays in 2009 set a school record, topping the previous mark of 438 in 1997 by Stoerner… His 455 plays in 2010 place second on that list…Ranks second to Matt Jones (8,392) in Arkansas history with 7,493 yards in total offense…Surpassed Jones' Hogs' season-record of 2,695 yards in total offense in 2004 with 3,795 yards in 2010…Also placed second on that list with 3,595 yards in total offense in 2009…Broke Jones' team game-record of 372 yards in total offense with 414 yards vs. Georgia in 2009…His 76 touchdowns place second all-time at Arkansas in touchdown responsibility, topped only by Jones' 77…Broke Stoerner's school season mark (27) for touchdown responsibility with 32 scores in 2009, and then topped his own mark with 36 touchdowns in 2010.

2010 SEASON
All-Southeastern Conference second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and the league's coaches…Finalist for the Manning Award, presented annually to the nation's top quarterback…Member of Watch Lists for the Maxwell (Top Player), Davey O'Brien (Top Quarterback) and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards…Started all 13 games and led the Razorbacks to a 10-3 overall record…Completed 266 of 411 pass attempts (64.72%) for 3,869 yards, 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions…Scored four times on 44 carries for minus 74 yards (-1.01 ypc), as he rushed for eight first-downs and converted 3 of 17 third-down carries (17.65%)…161 of 266 pass completions (60.53%) went for first-downs, converting 40 of 93 third-down passes (43.01%)…150 of his completions (56.39%) went for gains of at least 10 yards, including 54 that went for 20 yards or more (20.30%)…73 of 411 pass attempts (17.76%) resulted in either an interception, pass deflection or sack…Led the Southeastern Conference and ranked fifth nationally with an average of 297.62 aerial yards per game…Ranked third in the conference and seventh nationally with a pass efficiency rating of 163.65…Finished second in the conference and 15th nationally with an average of 291.92 yards in total offense per game…Added one solo tackle…Set a school season-record with 3,869 aerial yards, shattering his own previous mark of 3,624 in 2009, as that total also placed fourth on the SEC's record chart…Broke his own school game-record with 409 aerial yards vs. Vanderbilt…Set the school's season record with 32 touchdown passes, surpassing his own mark of 30 in 2009 while tying Tim Tebow of Florida (2007) for eighth on the SEC's record list…Mallett is the only player in Arkansas history with five touchdown passes in a game, accomplishing the feat on four occasions, most recently vs. UTEP in 2010…Broke his school record of 403 attempts in 2009 with 411 pass attempts… Topped his previous mark of 225 completions in 2009 with 266 completions…Completed 64.72% of his attempts to place second on the school's season-record chart behind Kevin Scanlon (66.19%; 1979)…Set another school record by hitting on 87.50% of his throws vs. Tennessee Tech…His 455 plays rank second on the school's season-record chart… Surpassed his own school record of 3,595 yards in total offense in 2009 with 3,795 yards… Set the Arkansas record for touchdown responsibility with 36 scores…Earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors vs. Georgia and Vanderbilt.

2009 SEASON
All-Southeastern Conference second-team choice by the league's coaches, The NFL Draft Report and the Associated Press…Named the College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year…Finalist for the Manning Award…Member of Watch Lists for the Maxwell (Top Player) and Davey O'Brien (Top Quarterback) Awards…Started all 13 games and led the Razorbacks to an 8-5 overall record…Became the first quarterback in Arkansas history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season…Hit on 225 of 403 pass attempts (55.83%) for 3,624 yards, 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions…Scored twice on 58 carries for minus 29 yards (-0.50 ypc), as he rushed for nine first-downs and converted 5 of 23 (21.74%) third-down carries…140 of 225 pass completions (62.22%) went for first-downs, converting 36 of 100 third-down passes (36%)…129 of his pass completions (57.33%) went for gains of at least 10 yards, including 60 that went for 20 yards or more (26.67%)…78 of 403 pass attempts (19.36%) resulted in either an interception, pass break-up or sack…Led the Southeastern Conference and ranked seventh nationally with an average of 278.77 aerial yards per game…Led the league and placed seventh nationally with a pass efficiency rating of 152.46…Led the conference and ranked 16th nationally with an average of 276.54 yards in total offense per game…Set a school season-record with 3,624 aerial yards, shattering Clint Stoerner's previous mark of 2,629 in 1998, as that mark also places eighth in Southeastern Conference annals…Broke Stoerner's Arkansas annual record with 408 aerial yards vs. Georgia…Set the school's season-record with 30 touchdown throws, surpassing Stoerner's mark of 26 in 1998…Broke Stoerner (2008) and Casey Dick's (1997) Arkansas mark of 357 pass attempts with 403 attempts…Broke Dick's (2008) school record of 205 pass completions with 225 successful tosses…Broke Ronny South's school game-record for completion percentage (81.81%; 1967) with a mark of 85.19 vs. South Carolina…Set a Razorbacks record for consecutive passes without an interception with 141 straight attempts…His 461 plays set a school record, topping the previous mark of 438 in 1997 by Stoerner…Surpassed Matt Jones' school season-record of 2,695 yards in total offense in 2004 with 3,595 yards…Broke Jones' Hogs game-record of 372 yards in total offense with 414 yards vs. Georgia…Broke Stoerner's Arkansas season mark (27) for touchdown responsibility with 32 scores…Earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors vs. South Carolina Mississippi State.

2008 SEASON
Sat out the season at the University of Arkansas under NCAA transfer rules…Practiced with the scout team in spring practice before missing the final two weeks with a dislocated thumb on his throwing hand…To that point in the April 11 scrimmage, he was 5 of 11 for 43 yards.

2007 SEASON
Appeared in 11 games as a true freshman at the University of Michigan, starting three contests…Completed 61 of 141 pass attempts (43.26%) for 892 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions…Carried 33 times for minus 38 yards (-1.15 ypc) and one score…
Added one solo tackle…Transferred to the University of Arkansas after the season (1/14).

OFF-FIELD ISSUES
2009 Season…Fayetteville police arrested Mallett on a public intoxication charge (3/01) outside of a nightspot near campus. The 20-year-old Mallett was booked into the Washington County Jail at 3:47 a.m. after Fayetteville police arrested him on Dickson Street. Mallett was released on bond about an hour later. "I am very disappointed that Ryan Mallett put himself in a situation that doesn't reflect positively on him or on our program," Head Coach Bobby Petrino said. "All members of the Razorback football team have a responsibility to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner on and off the field. While the legal process has not yet taken its course in this matter, Ryan will face internal team disciplinary action for not representing the Razorbacks in a way that is required of our student-athletes."

INJURY REPORT
2008 Season…Suffered a dislocated thumb in the first major scrimmage of spring practice (4/11) when he hit the helmet of a defender after following through on a pass attempt…The injury forced him to miss the final two weeks of spring practice.
2009 Season…Suffered a broken right ring finger (6/1) after a weight room accident.
2010 Season…Suffered a broken left foot during conditioning drills and missed all of spring practice…Had surgery on the foot (2/17) and then underwent a second procedure in June to replace a screw that had been inserted earlier…Suffered a concussion in the second quarter vs. Auburn (10/16) and missed the remainder of the game…Suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter vs. Mississippi (10/23) and missed the remainder of the game following a rain delay.

CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.86 in the 40-yard dash…1.73 10-yard dash…2.82 20-yard dash…4.35 20-yard shuttle…7.28 three-cone drill…29-inch vertical jump…8'7" broad jump…285-pound bench press… 375-pound squat.

HIGH SCHOOL
Attended Texas High School (Texarkana, Ark.), playing football for head coach Barry Norton…Named to the EA Sports All-American Multi-Purpose team and Parade Magazine All-American squad…All-USA second-team by USA Today…Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Texas…Player of the Year in 2006 by the Texarkana Gazette and voted the Associated Press Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year…Participated in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American game as well as the EA Sports Elite 11 quarterback camp…Set school records as a senior by completing 204 of 321 passes (63.36%) for 3,353 yards and 33 touchdowns while leading the Tigers to a 12-1 overall record and an appearance in the state quarterfinals…Had 133 completions for 2,219 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for six more scores as a junior…Completed 151 passes for 2,307 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for seven more scores as a sophomore…Finished his prep career with 8,331 yards and 76 touchdowns on 526 of 938 passing (56.08%)…Given the highest rating of five stars by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service listed him as the nation's second-best pro-style quarterback and fourth overall prospect, as well as the top recruit from the state of Texas…Also rated a five-star recruit by Scout.com, who ranked him as the second-best quarterback in the country...Signed with the University of Michigan over football scholarships offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Louisiana State, Nebraska and Texas.

PERSONAL
Sociology major…Son of Debbie and Jim Mallett…Born 6/05/88 in Batesville, Arkansas… Nicknamed "Big Tex"…Resides in Texarkana, Arkansas.

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