Mallett’s torching of Georgia secondary no surprise to Carr

A lot of people were surprised to see what Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett did to Georgia’s secondary this past Saturday night in Fayetteville. Lloyd Carr was not.

The retired Michigan football coach was the one who signed Mallett out of Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas,  and played him as a true freshman in 2007. The Wolverines beat out Texas, LSU and numerous other schools for the 6-foot-7 quarterback, who was ranked the top prospect in his state and No. 4 in the nation in 2006.

“Yeah, I guess I made at least four or five trips down to Texarkana to see him,” said Carr, in Athens on Tuesday to speak to the Touchdown Club of Athens. “And you know, there’s just no way to get to Texarkana. You have to have connections just to get in there.”

Carr said Michigan was able to beat out Texas because they had a quarterback named Colt McCoy in hand. He said Mallett’s parents, Jim and Debbie Mallett, actually were Arkansas fans. But Houston Nutt was the Razorbacks’ coach at the time and, besides a tumultuous relationship with the fanbase there, he operated a run-oriented offense not well suited for this tall and lanky pocket passer.

“Even in high school he just had a terrific arm and was really accurate,” Carr said. “He could put the ball in places other people couldn’t.”

The plan was for Mallett to study under quarterback Chad Henne. But Henne was injured that first year and the Wolverines had to turn to Mallett early. He played in all 11 games that first season, getting three starts.

The first time Carr said he knew Mallett was something special was when Mallett made his second start of the year in place of the injured Henne. The young freshman turned in a fiery performance, completing 16-of-19 passes for 170 yards and running for a 10-yard touchdown to give the unranked Wolverines a 14-9 upset victory over 10th-ranked Penn State.

“You could see that competitiveness and calm under pressure,” Carr said. “You knew he was going to be a good one.”

Alas, Carr retired and Rich Rodriguez came to Ann Arbor, bringing his spread-option attack with him. Mallett decided to transfer to Arkansas and Carr thinks he will flourish there in coach Bobby Petrino’s pass-happy system.

“Couldn’t have worked out any better for him,” Carr said. “It’s the perfect situation. I don’t think Georgia is the only team Ryan’s going to do that against. He’s going to put up some big numbers.”

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September 22nd, 2009
4:21 pm

WHO CARES… can we hear about this states recruits/teams

Where's my crack pipe?

September 22nd, 2009
4:45 pm

Carr went on to elaborate in another interview: “that Ray Charles could have completed most of those pass receptions against Willie’s “D”….nonody was within 20 yrds of the receiver all night.”

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

September 22nd, 2009
4:48 pm

I care a little bit gatorhator…now I feel better….the dawgs got lit up by good QB….right..?? we’ll see…I think Arkansas beats a couple of teams they shouldn’t beat…like Ole Miss or LSU…..we’ll see….

WHopper Dawg

September 22nd, 2009
5:52 pm

He may light some others up, but realize that Georgia has one of the worst defenses in BCS conferences much less the SEC. He won’t light up many SEC defenses like UGAs. Thanks a lot 1/4 Willie.


September 22nd, 2009
6:11 pm

I’m neutral when it comes to Georgia or Arkansas, but since Mallet had the same type of performance against Missouri State two weeks prior to the Georgia game, should we assume that Georgia’s pass defense is no better than Missouri State’s? Or is this guy actually the real deal? He looked pretty good to me and he’s already had NFL scouts give him high praise and rate him just as highly as the top quarterbacks in the nation based on what they’ve seen of him so far.

Gator Hater

September 22nd, 2009
6:12 pm

Yes, Mallet is very accurate, but so was ginger top. We didn’t cover some plays as well as we should have, but all the deep passes thrown by both palyers last Saturday were some of the most accurate I’ve ever seen. Really good stuff!!!


H.S. Coach

September 22nd, 2009
6:14 pm

What does this have to do with this year’s recruiting? Seriously, can we get someone in here who will actually tell us how recruiting is going for the state schools?


September 22nd, 2009
6:50 pm

You’re recruiting is in trouble. Petrino is all over Georgia.

Dan Marino

September 22nd, 2009
7:40 pm

Mallett was 3-14 on third downs. He was 2-10 passing in the 4th quarter.

Call me when he leads his team down the field with the game on the line in the 4th quarter.


September 22nd, 2009
7:50 pm

he may not have great stats on 3rd down (yet) but he can throw a ball on a rope farther than any other qb in the sec.


September 22nd, 2009
8:25 pm

He folded in 4th quarter.Don’t need him!

Mookie Mills

September 22nd, 2009
8:25 pm

We have the worst Defensive Coordinator in GA history. Alum, get somebody else in there please. I think the Water Girl could run the D better.

Bull Butter

September 22nd, 2009
8:44 pm

UGA fans quit blaming slick willie.It ant his falt,its all those 5 star players he recruited.

Who wants to know

September 22nd, 2009
9:17 pm

I continue to be amazed at how many ignorant people get on these blogs. Don’t you have anything else to do?


September 22nd, 2009
9:36 pm

No, not right at this moment.


September 22nd, 2009
9:38 pm

Mallett’s torching of Georgia secondary no surprise to Carr, or anyone else for that matter who has watched UGA’s defense go down the commode under Soft Willie Martinez.

Dale Morphy

September 22nd, 2009
9:41 pm

The question is, how many other quarterbacks are we going to make look great this year? Those “in the know” all say the same things about Martinez. He’s smart, a good recruiter, great to work with, puts together a good scheme. Maybe he’ll be great here eventually, maybe he’ll be great somewhere else. Past 3 years… not so great.


September 22nd, 2009
11:13 pm

Mallet will be 3rd team all-sec this year and turn pro…..mainly because Ark doesn’t have a “D” either.


September 23rd, 2009
7:34 am

Yea, great job Mallet my grandma can throw and run on that soft defense!

Topp Dogg

September 23rd, 2009
9:54 am

When ticket sales drop, and alumni donations stop changes will be made but only then.


September 23rd, 2009
11:16 am

Kinda surprised the Dawg fans, though.

Camden Mark

September 23rd, 2009
8:34 pm

Arkansas beats Fla.
Mallet throws for 300+ and 3 td’s
U heard it here 1st


September 24th, 2009
2:27 am

Hey guys, you might want to cool it a bit on the bashing of Willie. Before the end of the season ya’ll are gonna be begging for seats on the bandwagon, and guess what?…you’ll be welcome but we know who you are and will remind you. Willie’l be just fine because these kids keep-on-keeping-on and the youngsters will improve their technique to match their speed.

Now as for Mr. Mallett, what is it about a guy that was threading the needle on every pass he threw in the first two or three quarters but couldn’t keep the ball within ten yards of any receiver on that last drive?…hell, he looked like Reggie Ball…and what in blazes was the guy doing while he was losing that weight? Sure wasn’t working on his arms – I mean if I had gangly-looking, white noodles that looked like that, I sure wouldn’t wear that ’show-off you guns’ jersey. Sure he could throw the ball a long way, but he looked like Ichabod Crane, cover up those pencil-thin things…and as for Houston Nutt not being able to use tall, talented, QBs – what about Matt Jones? Of course the kid Mallet will never be athletic enough to play receiver in the NFL, or dumb enough to get busted for drugs either, hopefully, but he could have played for Nutt…and as for Petrino being all over Georgia recruiting, any talented footballer in this state, and his family, that would throw in with that jerk after the debacle with the Falcons are idiots that are welcome to leave at any time and improve the gene-pool.

I, like most of us, was more impressed with the QB playing for the team that didn’t have a pig for a mascot. Mr. Cox showed us that he, indeed, possessed the accuracy and the arm strength necessary, particularly with this set of receivers, to score big in this league…shoot, if they gave him Tuesday off as well, he’d throw for a thousand and ten TDs.


September 24th, 2009
10:38 am

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September 24th, 2009
1:02 pm

So happy for Mallett. it’s too bad DickRodriguez of UM was more interested in Terrelle Pryor than Mallett, so Mallett felt obliged to leave… Mallett is performing so much better than Pryor right now. And DickRod is lucky that tate forcier has come to his rescue in ann arbor. funny how things work…


September 24th, 2009
2:39 pm

Mallet couldn’t complete a pass in the 4th quarter because GA was dropping all but 3 down lineman into coverage. Matt Jones never threw the ball he was a run first quarterback who flourished in a “run” oriented offense. Mallett is good, the best…not so fast, but there was absolutely no chance to make a drive late because they hadn’t established a running game all night so they were cheating big time in the secondary, not because Mallett wasn’t good

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September 24th, 2009
6:48 pm

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Deep South Wolverine Fan

September 24th, 2009
11:18 pm

Actually, most believe Mallett was planning on transferring regardless of who Michigan’s next coach was going to be because he was homesick. Rodriguez tried to reach out but Mallett wasn’t remotely interested. Not that anyone would blame him, because the spread option isn’t a great system for Mallett, but he still would have started last year easily. Even though i’m a UM fan, I have no ill will toward Ryan. He will be a great player…

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