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Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:40 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:44 am
 

Mallett may practice Tuesday for Razorbacks

Posted by Chip Patterson

Ask any Arkansas fan, Ryan Mallett was sorely missed on the field in the second half of the Razorbacks 65-43 loss to Auburn on Saturday.  When Mallett went down after a blow to the head in the second quarter, backup quarterback Tyler Wilson did his best impression of the Razorbacks starter for as long as he could.  Wilson threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns in just over two quarters of work, but two interceptions in the fourth quarter helped the Tigers pull away late.  The good news for Razorbacks fans is head coach Bobby Petrino seems to think Mallett will be back this week, perhaps as soon as Tuesday.

“Yesterday he was asymptomatic,” Petrino said Monday at his weekly press conference. “He’ll go through series of tests today, this afternoon. Best-case scenario, he comes out and practices tomorrow, but I don’t know that yet.  He has no headaches and he has no symptoms from the concussion. So that’s very, very positive.”

Petrino will prepare Wilson for Saturday's match up with Ole Miss, but all signs seem to point to Mallett taking the field.  

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 2:11 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 2:13 pm
 

Alabama D 'licking their chops' to get to Mallett

Posted by Chip Patterson

The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide have spent this week preparing for what will arguably be one of their toughest tests of the season traveling to face the high-octane Arkansas offense in Fayetteville on Saturday.  Razorbacks quarterback Ryan Mallet has been described as "the best pro quarterback in college football" for his strong arm and proficient passing ability.

Alabama's defense has been among the best in the nation so far in 2010, allowing only one touchdown in the first three games.  One of Mallet's strengths is his ability to hang tight in the pocket, and wait for his receivers to get open.  A strength that Alabama's defense is hoping to turn into a weakness.

"As a pass rusher, you do get excited when you know you're going to play against a guy who's going to sit in the pocket and try to execute his offense to the best of his abilities," Damion Square said. "Yeah, it does excite me as a pass rusher."


"Right now, we're licking our chops," Alabama linebacker Jerrell Harris said. "We're ready to play and show the world what we can do against one of the top teams."

It's Arkansas' first ranked opponent all season, with their toughest competition coming in their 31-24 win over Georgia.  When Georgia stormed back to tie the game, Mallet silenced the home crowd with three passes that covered 73 yards and scored a touchdown all with less than a minute remaining.  

While Alabama's defense has been stellar, their secondary is arguably the weakest piece of the unit.  It will be crucial for the Crimson Tide to put pressure on Mallet to keep him from connecting with his receivers for game-changing deep plays, especially with a rowdy home crowd that will be hungry for an upset.  Mallett has a chance to solidify his status as a Heisman frontrunner with a big game.  But more importantly, the Razorbacks have a chance to get a game ahead of the Crimson Tide in the SEC West.  They way both of these teams have been playing this season, the road to the SEC Championship game appears to run right through Fayetteville this Saturday.

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