Ryan Mallett "forced out"-Transfers from Michigan
It is official. Ryan Mallett is withdrawing from Michigan and will be enrolling at a new school to play football. Per NCAA rules, he will have to sit out a year before he will be eligible to play at his new school. Mallett is leaving Michigan just one year after he arrived as an early enrollee in January, 2007. He had an eventful freshman year and he saw considerable action this past season due to extensive injuries incurred by starter Chad Henne. Mallett played in eleven (11) games and completed 61 of 141 passes (43.3%) for 892 yards, 7 touchdowns with 5 interceptions. Michigan won all three games (Notre Dame, Penn State & Northwestern) that Mallett started in 2007 and he was the heir apparent to assume the starting QB position for next season. However, with the arrival of Coach Rodriguez and the implementation of the "spread offense", Mallett's destiny suddenly changed.
Coach Rodriguez apparently spoke with Ryan Mallett on three separate occasions regarding Mallett's future with the Wolverines. Coach Rodriguez spoke with Mallett twice by phone and once face-to-face but apparently the conversations were too one-sided for Mallett's taste. "I really didn't get to ask a lot of questions," Mallett said. "I have a lot of respect for what he's done, but for me to be successful right now, I have to go somewhere else."
When Mallett came out of high school last year, he was rated the #2 prep quarterback in the nation behind only Jimmy Clausen. It appears that Coach Rodriguez did a poor job of "re-recruiting" Mallett. The Michigan faithful are trying to look on the bright side of Mallett's departure as they figure it is now more likely that Coach Rodriguez will be able to bring in Terrelle Pryor who is one of the top prep recruits in the nation this year. However, Pryor is also still considering Ohio State, Florida, Penn State, and Oregon. It is obviously essential that Coach Rodriguez sign Pryor to Michigan. Unfortunately, it is far from a sure thing that Pryor will commit to Michigan. It seems to me that when Coach Rodriguez already had on the team one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Ryan Mallett that it was imperative for Coach Rodriguez to have done everything he could to keep him. Coach Rodriguez' efforts at retaining Mallett appear half-hearted and uninspired. As a result, Coach Rodriguez is now scrambling to bring a talented (albeit younger and more inexperienced) quarterback onto the team. If his recruiting effort of Pryor turns out to be as successful as his re-recruitment of Mallett, then Coach Rodriguez may have to resort next season to playing Steven Threet, David Cone or Nick Sheridan. Go Blue!
*Note: Photo of Ryan Mallett (15) from 9/22/07 game vs. Penn State by KIRTHMON F. DOZIER/Detroit Free Press
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