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Writer: Mallett Needs To Return To Arkansas

When someone says your favorite team’s quarterback isn’t all that and a bag of chips, there’s a natural response that goes a little something like this:

“To heck with you, he’s the bestest that ever played!”

But in the case of Ryan Mallett, Arkansas fans should hope that their star embraces what a writer for The Sporting News has just penned.

According to Russ Lande, Mallett should return to the Hogs for his senior season because his junior season was — to pro scouts — a disappointment.

“After breaking down all of Mallett’s film, we came away disappointed.  His play actually got worse, not better, this season.  After consulting with scouts from several NFL teams, who agreed with our evaluation, Mallett is an overrated prospect who definitely should return to Arkansas for his senior season.”

Remember, NFL scouts aren’t fans.  They’re looking for things that fans and media types aren’t.  They look at mechanics, quick decision-making, etc. 

We look at stats.  And Mallett’s stats were gaudy.

In 2010 he threw for 3592 yards and completed 66.5% of his passes (up from 55.8% last season).  His yards-per-attempt number also rose from 9.00 to 9.87.  His touchdown-to-interception ratio dropped off from 30-7 to 30-11, but a ration of nearly 3-to-1 is still darn good.  Especially against a schedule that featured eight games against SEC defenses.

But Hog fans need to swallow all that and hope — for their sakes — that their big-armed QB does return to Fayetteville.

Backup quarterback Tyler Wilson, well, he might feel differently.

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