Ryan Mallett’s first year under center at Arkansas was a pretty impressive showing for the Michigan transfer. As a redshirt sophomore, the Texarkana native set a multitude of school records, earned second team All-SEC honors, helped lead the Razorbacks to an 8-5 record and an appearance in the Liberty Bowl, where he was named Offensive MVP. In the off-season, rumors swirled that Mallett might leave UA after just one year but he is back for his junior campaign in Fayetteville and one national publication calls him the No. 1 QB in college football. He is currently recovering from a broken left foot that kept him out of spring drills. Mallett expects to be at full strength once the Hogs begin fall practice late in the summer and ready to deliver on what many think will be a huge year for him and the Razorbacks.
How is your rehab going?
Mallett: It’s going along great. We’re right on schedule with it. In June, I’m going to be able to run straight ahead. I’m not going to be able to go side-to-side until maybe July or August. It’s just precautionary. We’re not going to rush it. What we’re going to do is stick with the plan and make sure everything heals up right. We don’t want to rush it, miss something and have another problem with it.
What was the hardest thing about missing spring ball?
Mallett: The thing I miss most is being out there with my team. When you’ve played for seven or eight years, have played spring football since high school and you come to college and it’s spring football, that’s where you build a lot of chemistry and a lot of camaraderie. I really miss that about spring football. I had to sit out but I also felt like I learned a lot mentally. I also tweaked a few things physically that have made me a better player. Having to sit out, it was frustrating but I felt like we had a great spring. We’re looking forward to the challenge. READ MORE