Remembering Ryan Mallett: Former Arkansas and NFL Quarterback’s Life Ends in Apparent Drowning
According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, who later had a seven-year NFL career, died on Tuesday in an apparent drowning at a Florida beach. He was 35.
In a post on its website, White Hall, the Arkansas school district where Mallett coached high school football, said, “It is with great sadness that we share the loss of Coach Ryan Mallett.”
Prior to transferring to Arkansas, Mallett played for the University of Michigan for one season. In his two seasons there, he passed for 7,493 yards and 62 touchdowns. He led the Razorbacks to an 8-5 record and victory in the Liberty Bowl in 2009 as a redshirt sophomore for coach Bobby Petrino, for which he was named Offensive MVP.
Mallett was chosen by the New England Patriots in the third round (74th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draught.
Mallett made eight starts over his career’s 21 NFL games of appearance. In the NFL, he finished 190 of his 345 passes for 1,835 yards, nine touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
After beginning his coaching career as an assistant at Mountain Home High School in 2022, Mallett was hired as the head football coach at White Hall High School in his home state of Arkansas.
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