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Ryan Mallett Declares for NFL Draft

Jan 6, 2011 – 10:13 PM
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Ryan MallettRyan Mallett will forgo his senior year at Arkansas in order to enter the NFL Draft, he announced Thursday.

The junior quarterback for the Razorbacks led his team to its first BCS bowl this past season and a 10-3 record. The Razorbacks closed the season with a heartbreaking loss to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, 31-26.

"A year ago, when I returned to school, I said I wanted to help lead this team to a place among the nation's elite and for the Razorback community to have a mindset to expect greatness," Mallett said in a statement. "There is no doubt we got there together and this program will continue to play games on the biggest stages and when it does we'll come out swinging."

Mallett threw for 3,869 yards and 32 touchdowns this season after throwing for 3,624 and 30 as a sophomore.

"I'm very proud of Ryan Mallett, and I can't say enough about what he has done for this program," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement. "Leaders do their job extremely well and lift everyone around them to compete better and Ryan does those things."

Mallett stands at 6-foot-6 and sports a strong, accurate throwing arm, meaning he'll be very attractive to NFL teams. Expect him to go in the first round of the NFL Draft this coming April, and likely in the first half of it -- especially with Andrew Luck electing to stay in school.

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