Seeing Ryan Mallett for the first time in person last week, Georgia coach Mark Richt had to admit he was taken aback.
“I didn’t realize just how big he was,” said Richt, who watched the Arkansas quarterback throw for 408 yards and five touchdowns against his Bulldogs. “To see him up close was a little bit different than looking at him on film.”
The 6-foot-7, 238-pound Mallett, who will lead the 1-1 Razorbacks against No. 3 Alabama Saturday, has always been surprisingly big. When he was 13, he was 6-3, a good 4 inches taller than his dad, and wore size-13 shoes. Now he’s the big man on campus at Arkansas, where he once parked cars at Razorbacks games and dreamed like so many other kids in the state of throwing touchdown passes for the Hogs.