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Top 100 Hogs: Quarterback Ryan Mallett

Ryan Mallett routed his path to the Razorbacks through Michigan, but got his name all over the record book in his two seasons.

Even though he only played at Arkansas for two seasons, Ryan Mallett’s name litters the Razorbacks record book.

He is all over the passing statistics, but only leads in single-season yardage. Tyler Wilson in 2011 took care of a lot of single game stats and single season, then Brandon Allen’s 2015 year eliminated some more.

But there has never been a Razorback quarterback with more myths:

Myth 1: Tight end D.J. Williams talked about Mallett’s 112-mile an hour “fastball” and how it ripped up the gloves receivers wore.

Fact 1: Mallett said he’s never had a pass clocked. He did rip some gloves on all the receivers, though, not just Williams.

Myth 2: Mallett didn’t sign with Arkansas out of high school because he was afraid of competing against Mitch Mustain.

Fact 2: Although he grew up as a fan of the Razorbacks, he simply didn’t think he would get much playing time with Mustain on the field.

Myth 3: Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez ran Mallett off the Wolverines’ team when he took over.

Fact 3: Both Mallett and Rodriguez have said on numerous occasions it was a mutual decision. Mallett recognized he wasn’t a spread option quarterback and Rodriguez helped him find a new home, which was Arkansas after hiring Bobby Petrino.

Mallett sat out 2008 redshirting, then started lighting up the field in 2009 with receivers like Jarius Wright, Chris Gragg, Joe Adams, Kobi Hamilton and Greg Childs.

That’s when he started hitting the record books and leading the Hogs to an 8-5 record and a Liberty Bowl win in his first season, then a 10-3 record in 2010, with the only losses coming to Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.

After the 2010 season, Mallett opted to go to the NFL and was drafted by the New England Patriots, where he sat behind Tom Brady for three seasons before being traded to the Houston Texans.

He had two starts near the end of the 2014 season before being injured. In 2015, he battled Brian Hoyer for the starting job, but was cut by the team after missing the team flight to Miami and having to fly commercial to make it to the game.

On December 15, 2015, in the wake of quarterback Matt Schaub suffering an injury, Mallett signed with the Baltimore Ravens. On December 27, 2015, Mallet threw for a career-high 274 yards, leading the Ravens to a 20-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on his seventh career start. He would promptly break his career high the following week with 292 passing yards in the Ravens 24-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mallett is currently the No. 2 quarterback on the roster behind starter Joe Flacco with a rating of 104.1 through the preseason.

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