Mallett is sort of a big deal because he's six foot six and bulletproof or something like that. He was a highly coveted recruit out of Texas who signed with and played for Michigan as a true freshman before transferring when Rich Rodriguez brought the spread circus to town. Arkansas, and specifically Bobby Petrino's explosive dropback system is a much better fit for Mallett. That is, if he can get his act together.
Competition in the form of Nathan Dick, younger brother of last year's starter Casey Dick, transferred to effectively clear the decks for Mallett. Maybe that's the problem. Regardless its an odd arrest, as our editor Ray Holloman said in email: The story says outside a "nightspot". I've been to Fayetteville. I don't think anything there qualifies as a "nightspot".
The last Arkansas player to get in trouble outside of a "nightspot" was the great Darren McFadden, who ended up injuring his toe just a few weeks before the 2006 opener against USC after some kind of equally early morning altercation.
Punishment remains unclear at the moment, as Arkansas has only expressed a cursory "disappointment" and that Mallett will face "team discipline". Translate that however you wish but count on him skipping the doghouse long before the season opener so long as he stays out of further trouble. That's not too much to ask, right?
March 1: Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, pictured here with Michigan in 2007, was arrested on a public intoxication charge outside of a nightspot near campus. Click through for more of sports figures' legal woes.
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Feb. 27: Former Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter was stopped in Texas and arrested on drunken driving and marijuana possession charges.
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Feb. 26: Celtics guard Gabe Pruitt is arrested in Hollywood and accused of driving under the influence just hours after Boston lost to the Clippers.
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Feb. 21: Marshall Lobbestael, expected to compete for the starting quarterback job this season, picks up an alcohol charge after being found asleep in his pickup truck in a police parking lot.
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Feb. 20: Lazare Adingono, seen here in a 2001 photo when he played for Rhode Island, faces a felony charge of second-degree assault and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
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Feb. 20: Steelers kicker Jeff Reed pleads guilty to disorderly contest and criminal mischief after police say he broke a towel dispenser in a convenience store.
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Feb. 15: Jason Richardson of the Phoenix Suns is arrested and charged with reckless driving, excessive speeding and failure to use a child seat. Police say they clocked him at 90 mph in a 35 mph zone.
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Feb. 11: Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested in Southern California on a weapons charge. Police say they found a loaded firearm - as well as multiple marijuana cigarettes - in a 2006 Mercedes-Benz occupied by Lynch and two other men.
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Feb. 8: Former Atlanta Falcons star Jamal Anderson was booked on a felony charge of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor marijuana charge.
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Feb. 5: Former Cowboys star Terry Glenn faces public intoxication and marijuana possession charges from his arrest on Jan. 25.