Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mallett's Mission vs Dawgs' Desire

21 completions
35 attempts
408 yards
5 touchdowns
0 INTs
184.04 passer rating

Ryan Mallett's numbers last season against Georgia. Some will look at those and say he's ready for the NFL with those type stats in the SEC. Of course, Dawg fans will look at them and say that their dear old granny could look Heisman worthy against ol' Willie's read and react. 

But the one stat that got away last September is the same one Mallett and his Hogs will be chasing this Saturday 'tween the hedges...1 win. And the talk out of Fayetteville is of focus, determination and being ready.
But Arkansas knows it must improve, so Mallett said the offense is concentrating on correcting the problems. He said Arkansas has to buckle down early to finish drives. That means eliminating careless turnovers and avoiding drive-killing penalties.
It’s all part of success on the road, which Arkansas struggled with last season. But it’s something Mallett hopes to achieve with the Razorbacks after struggling – personally – in four road losses in 2009.
Of course, those stats at the top are in the past. Mallett put the NFL on hold. Ol' Willie's gone.

49 completions
67 attempts
701 yards
6 touchdowns
2 INTs
184.6 passer rating

Those are Mallett's numbers through two games in '10, both wins against Tennessee Tech and UL-Monroe. However...
[Mallett] and the offense had problems in the first half of the 31-7 win against Louisiana-Monroe. Mallett was off target with several throws and seemed affected by the amount of pressure Louisiana-Monroe threw at him.
But he did bounce back in the second half to lead the Razorbacks to four scoring drives. He finished with 400 passing yards, which was the third-highest total in school history.
We know Coach Gratham's scheme is one of relentless pressure to the ball. And we also know that he's not the type of guy to cower in a corner when the going gets tough. So the question becomes...

Can Grantham's players make the plays to make Mallett's mission fail? 

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AthensHomerDawg said...