Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Manningham, Arrington likely to skip senior years; Mallett may transfer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Rich Rodriguez does not expect to coach
wide receivers Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington or quarterback
Ryan Mallett at Michigan Wolverines.
Manningham and Arrington will skip their senior seasons and
Mallett will transfer, according to Rodriguez.
"Those are the indications I've gotten," Rodriguez told The
Associated Press on Tuesday night. "I've talked to all three at
various times recently. I talked to Adrian today, and he told me
he's leaning toward going pro.
"We wish all of them the best."
When told what Rodriguez said, Jim Mallett insisted his son has
not made a decision.
"Coach knows more than I do, I guess," Jim Mallett told the
Rodriguez later told reporters Manningham and Mallett did not
attend a team meeting Monday.
Manningham might be a first-round pick after catching 72 passes
for 1,174 yards and 12 touchdowns and running 19 times for 119
yards and a score last season. The 6-foot, 178-pound native of Ohio
had 65 receptions for 1,136 yards and 15 touchdowns during his
first two seasons for the Wolverines.
Arrington caught 67 passes for 882 yards and eight touchdowns
last season. The 6-3, 195-pound native of Iowa had nine receptions
for 153 yards and two scores in Michigan's 41-35 Capital One Bowl
victory over Florida.
Mallett played in 11 games as a freshman, filling in for Chad Henne when he was injured. He was 61-of-141 for 892 yards with
seven TDs and five interceptions.
He enrolled at Michigan a year ago after being voted Texas'
Class 4A offensive player of the year. The 6-foot-7, 252-pound
quarterback threw for more than 2,500 yards and 27 scores as a
senior at Texarkana High School, where he was a three-year starter.