QB closing in on Razorbacks record

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Quarterback Ryan Mallett, who has helped Arkansas become the Southeastern Conference’s highest-scoring team, this week will have a chance to set the school’s single-season passing record.

“When the coach calls a play, he always says, ‘This is going to hit,’ ” tight end D.J. Williams said. “We practice so hard on game-like situations that when tough situations come up in games, [Ryan’s] ready.”

Mallett was one of the first “recruits” to join the Razorbacks after coach Bobby Petrino was hired, transferring from Michigan after the 2007 season. He sat out last year while Casey Dick took most of the snaps during his senior season.

When the 6-foot-7 Mallett took over, records began falling immediately. In the team’s 2009 opener against Missouri State, he and Tyler Wilson combined to throw for 447 yards, a school mark. The following game, Mallett became the first Razorback to throw for more than 400 yards when he reached 408 in a loss to Georgia.

He enters Saturday’s game against Troy with 2,477 yards passing on the season, 152 short of Clint Stoerner’s record. Mallett has also thrown 18 touchdowns, eight behind Stoerner’s mark of 26.