Petrino says Mallett running, throwing again

June, 2, 2010
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DESTIN, Fla. -- Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett will resume throwing this week and is also running again after missing all of spring practice with a broken bone in his foot.

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said Mallett was right on schedule, if not ahead of schedule, in his recovery.

"He’s running straight ahead, and he’ll be throwing starting this week," Petrino said. "He’s doing well. He’s excited. We’re excited. We just have to make sure he doesn’t do something he’s not instructed to do."

This will be Mallett's second season playing in Petrino's offense and his third year in the program. Petrino said Mallett's talent level is off the charts.

"He’s pretty talented when you put the whole package together, his vision, his arm strength and his accuracy, Petrino said. "The thing that impresses me as much as anything about Ryan is his ability to throw the ball when he’s moving and how accurate he is."

Petrino wants to see Mallett be more consistent with his footwork next season and also trust his pass protection 100 percent of the time.

"Last year, we weren’t protecting well at times," Petrino said. "Every quarterback goes through it, where you lose your vision downfield and start looking at the rush. Obviously, it’s hard to complete passes when you do that."

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