Ryan Mallett and nine other top transfers

Updated: September 23, 2009, 2:37 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman

Even though it's early, we've already seen a host of transfers from other Football Bowl Subdivision programs and the JC ranks make impacts. In that vein, here's this week's top 10 list -- the top 10 first-year transfers.

1. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas QB:

The guy has velocity like Usain Bolt has acceleration. And while we knew all about the huge arm, give a lot of credit to the Arkansas staff for getting the Michigan transfer in shape and for refining his footwork. The results have been gaudy -- Mallett threw five touchdown passes in Arkansas' loss to Georgia on Saturday, and he's thrown for 717 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions in his first two games. As a freshman in '07, he completed 43 percent of his passes and averaged 6.33 yards per attempt. Now piloting an offense for the Petrino brothers, he's hitting on 62 percent and averaging an amazing 11.75 yards per. Former Pro Bowl DB-turned-NFL draft guru Corey Chavous says the 6-foot-7, 248-pound Texan -- not Tim Tebow or Jevan Snead -- is the top pro QB prospect in the SEC.

Mallett's former coach Lloyd Carr, like the rest of us, has been really impressed, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports:

    "Couldn't have worked out any better for him," Carr said. "It's the perfect situation. I don't think Georgia is the only team Ryan's going to do that against. He's going to put up some big numbers."

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