Originally Posted by bah007
Arkansas went 8-5 in Houston Nutt's last season in 2007. They went 5-7 while transitioning from Nutt to Bobby Petrino in 2008. Then with Mallett, they went 8-5 and 10-3. In Petrino's final year they went 11-2 with Tyler Wilson at QB. They then went 4-8 with the same QB but with a different coach, John L. Smith.
Mallett was not responsible for Arkansas' success. Petrino was. Mallett was a key cog who put up good stats, but the team tied a school record with 11 wins the very next season after he left. With a QB who was drafted in the 4th round and promptly got cut because he couldn't beat out UDFA Matt McGloin to be the third string QB in Oakland.
Mallett may have a ton of ability but ability isn't everything. There are numerous examples of that. I still remember everyone making a deal of it when Brian Billick compared him to Ryan Leaf before the draft.
-In his final college game, down 5 points, his defense blocked a punt and gave him the ball on the 18 with a minute left. He threw an incompletion and then a pick.
-Earlier that year, they led Alabama 20-14 going into the fourth quarter. In that fourth quarter Mallett was 4/10 for 44 yards and 2 INTs. The first one set Bama up on the 12 yard line when they were down three points. They scored a TD to go up four with three minutes left. Next possession, Mallett throws another pick to seal the deal.
-Arkansas was down 7 to Ole Miss entering the fourth quarter. Arkansas only got the ball twice. Mallett didn't make the most of it. He went 3/6 for 44 yards and both drives ended with him taking sacks on 3rd down. Their last six plays they totaled -16 yards. -21 if you count the delay of game right before that sequence because Mallett didn't get the snap off in time with his team out of timeouts.
-Against Alabama they were down 14-7 with 10 mintues left in the third quarter. Mallett went 2/11 for 38 yards and an INT the rest of the way.
-Against Georgia they entered the fourth quarter down four points. He went 2/11 for 29 yards.
That's five games in two years where he shrunk in crunch time. In most of those games he had nice looking stats. But the box score doesn't tell the story. When his team needed him he failed to deliver.
His 2009 season was his first year starting so he was very raw and admittedly had some pretty bad games on the road that year. But he still had 5 TDs against georgia...if you still lose after that then it's on your defense (which was horrible)
In 2010 though the only real "choke" i thought he had was alabama. In the ohio state game his WRs dropped about 12 passes, several for scores, in that game so it shouldn't have even come to that. He also led late comeback wins against Georgia and Mississippi State.
You mean other than they all have had superior college careers, have higher grades going into the draft, will go in the 1st round instead of the 3rd and have played in meaningful games in the past three years?
Don't know if i agree with you there, Mallett only played for two years and holds a ton of records
-Set or tied 43 school records in his time at Arkansas
-His career average of 29.6 yards per touchdown pass is the highest in SEC history
-His 158.1 career passing efficiency ranking is the third-highest in SEC history
-He threw for at least one touchdown in 25 of 26 Arkansas starts, multiple touchdowns in 15 starts at Arkansas and three or more touchdowns in 13 starts as a Razorback
-Finished 7th in the heisman trophy voting in 2010, just ahead of Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton
Teammates seem to rally around his vocal leadership and feed off his positive energy, but scouts will need to look into why coaches at Michigan had issues with him that eventually led to him transferring.
During spring practices in 2008, he missed the final two weeks due to an injured finger on his throwing hand. Other than that, there are no standout durability issues for Mallett.
The first comment is kinda odd to me, he left because the new coach wanted a dual-threat QB like he had with pat white at west virginia and that doesnt suit his style. He also broke his foot in the offseason before the 2010 season but they left that out