Arkansas Should Be Hog Wild

By Adam Caparell - January 17, 2008


The speculation came to end Thursday when word arrived that Ryan Mallett had found his way to Arkansas from Michigan after one season in Ann Arbor. And with the good news, Razorback fans can dream about what will be when Mallett's eligible to play in 2009. And those should be some sweet dreams considering who Mallett will learn under.

With Bobby Petrino now the man in Fayetteville, Mallett has not only landed in a place he loves - he grew up a Razorbacks fan - but a place he knows should make him one of the nation's better quarterbacks in a few seasons. Considering how Petrino, the former Louisville coach, helped mold Brian Brohm into one of the top quarterbacks in the country these past few years, Mallett has a bright future ahead of him.

Mallett's a big bodied, strong-armed QB and sort of is in the mold of Brohm, only he's bigger at 6-foot-6 and almost 250 pounds. Petrino helped Brohm throw for over 6,000 yards, 41 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his three seasons under Petrino and mold him into a likely top 10 selection in April's NFL Draft.

Mallett, who appeared in 11 games for the injured Chad Henne this past season, showed some glimpses of future greatness, but has plenty of room to improve, most notably his accuracy. Mallett completed just 44 percent of his passes. But the pro-style offense Petrino figures to run in Arkansas will be ideally suited for Mallett's attributes. He's not the most mobile quarterback - one of the main reasons he's no longer at Michigan - but his arm his phenomenal and he should be able to thrive once the offense is seemingly turned over to him next fall.

So with Petrino bagged and Mallett enrolled, the quarterback woes that have plauged the Razorbacks the past few seasons should eventually come to an end. Arkansas will have one more season of Casey Dick under center, but can rest assured knowing that Mallett's got three years of eligibility remaining and that he'll hit the ground running when it's officially his time.

Carroll To NFL?

On an entirely different front, with Jason Garrett spurning the Atlanta Falcons offer to be their next head coach, the speculation about USC coach Pete Carroll heading back to the NFL is not going to die down.

Carroll's name has been thrown around for a few weeks now, but the coach has yet to officially come out and say he's not leaving Southern Cal. He seems to be enjoying the mystery surrounding what his next move - if any - will be.

Carroll apparently wants full personnel control with the Falcons, which owner Arthur Blank seems reluctant to grant him. But while Atlanta is not the most attractive job, the one intriguing aspect of it is that the Falcons could be drafting as high as third - depending on a coin flip - and therefore would likely have the pick of any quarterback they'd like - Boston College's Matt Ryan is the consensus top QB prospect this year.

It seems unlikely that Carroll would go - why leave such a good thing at USC - but motivation, a new challenge and the opportunity to prove many of critics wrong from his NFL head coaching days are the reasons Carroll would bolt L.A. Stay tuned - you never know with coaches - but I still think you'd be hard pressed to find Carroll in Atlanta next season.

And on top of that speculation, there's been some talk that the Redskins will tab a big name to be their next head coach. Would Carroll qualify?

Posted by Adam Caparell at 10:45 AM on January 17, 2008
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