College football is littered with quarterbacks who transfer and find their new destination just as unfulfilling. Changing universities could have been a cheerless path, too, for Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, but he had something to go along with his immense skill: his smile.
Mallett left Michigan after a coaching change and enrolled at Arkansas, where there had also been a coaching change. It seemed like a sure career trap.
But Mallett, a 6-foot-7 junior, still has the gleaming smile he left home with after high school three and a half years ago.
“He’s a happy kid,” said his father, Jim Mallett, a middle school teacher and high school football coach in Texarkana, Ark.