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Former Arkansas QB Ryan Mallet Dies at 35

An unexpected tragedy on Tuesday afternoon took the life of one of college football’s greats. Former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett passed away at the age of 35 in a drowning accident.

The college football quarterback and NFL journeyman could most recently be seen coaching high school football at White Hall High School in White Hall, Arkansas. Mallett drowned off the coast of Florida on Tuesday afternoon and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.


After transferring from Michigan after the 2007 season, Mallett played football at Arkansas from 2008-2010. He started his collegiate career after ranking as one of the top high school quarterbacks in the class of 2007.

As the Liberty Bowl MVP in 2009, Mallett had a completion percentage of 55.8% over his 3,624 passing yards, and a touchdown to interception ratio of 30-7.

Mallett finished off his final season of college football with top 10 odds to win the Heisman Trophy, and after entering the NFL Draft in 2011, The New England Patriots selected him with the 74th overall pick.

Mallett bounced around the NFL with brief stints in New England, Baltimore, and Houston, but wasn’t able to sustain a starting job.

While Ryan Mallet turned to coaching for his post-NFL career path, his passing is a moment of reflection that should remind everyone that life will always take precedence. We continue to mourn the loss of Ryan Mallett as we extend our condolences to his family and loved ones and keep them in our thoughts.

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