FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- A record-breaking career is over for Hogs fans. University of Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Ryan Mallett will forgo his final season to enter the 2011 National Football League draft. The Texarkana, Texas, native played only two seasons in Fayetteville after transferring from the University of Michigan after his freshman season.
"After careful consideration, I have decided to declare for the 2011 NFL draft," Mallett said. "Ever since I was a kid, my dream has always been to play for the Razorbacks and I am thankful I had the opportunity to do so."
Mallett's time was short but productive at Arkansas. The 6-foot-7 junior broke or tied 45 school records, including 62 touchdown passes. In 2010, Mallett threw for 3,869 yards, 32 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. He's just the fourth quarterback in Southeastern Conference history to throw for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.
"I am very proud of Ryan Mallett and I can't say enough about what he has done for this program," said Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino. "Leaders do their job extremely well and lift everyone around them to compete better and Ryan does those things."