Thursday, April 23, 2009

Petrino Names Starting QB

Petrino Tabs Mallett As Starting QB
by Staff

As expected, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino named sophomore Ryan Mallett the starting quarterback entering the fall.

Mallett, the transfer from Michigan, worked with the first team throughout most of the spring. He beat out Tyler Wilson for the job, but both could play if the Razorbacks faced a game this weekend.

Petrino said he would start Mallett, but Wilson would play first series of second quarter. It's something Petrino did at Louisville.

Petrino informed the quarterbacks of the decision on Tuesday.

Mallett finished 15 of 26 or 233 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the spring game. Wilson was 23-of-36 for 301 yards with two touchdowns and an interception playing for both the Red and White teams.

Petrino said Mallett provided the needed leadership and showed more polished in the run game.

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