Is Mallett’s recovery stalling?

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…Is Ryan Mallett’s recovery from a broken bone in his left foot going slower than first expected? The Arkansas quarterback, one of the top preseason contenders for the Heisman Trophy, pulled out of the Manning Passing Academy next week because he is still recovering from the injury — despite initially being expected to participate after a follow-up procedure on June 9. Razorbacks head coach Bobby Petrino cited Mallett’s class schedule as the reason for his pending absence, though he later stated that his quarterback could not afford to miss a week of rehab.

Brandon Marcello of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette stresses, however, that Mallett’s return to full health by the start of fall camp is all that matters — and that is certainly true in the grand scheme of things. Nonetheless, with Hogs fans expecting big things from their team this year, Mallett’s health will be one of the biggest storylines in the SEC as we creep closer to the start of the season.

…Updating a story from yesterday, Notre Dame lost out on quarterback recruit Justin Worley of South Carolina, who decided to commit to Tennessee Friday afternoon and play for new head coach Derek Dooley. The three-star signal-caller chose the Volunteers over the Fighting Irish and LSU, and as of now he is the star of Tennessee’s current six-commitment 2011 class.

It’s interesting that Worley chose the Vols, as freshman Tyler Bray was competing with Matt Simms for the right to start under center for Dooley this fall. Bray performed well in the Vols’ Orange and White spring game and may even see action this year if the junior-college transfer Simms struggles.

As I mentioned Friday, the Irish may turn their attention now to fellow three-star recruit Phillip Ely, or they can pass on a signal-caller and wait until 2012. Notre Dame brought in three quarterbacks for this season, all of whom are expected to get reps this fall with Brian Kelly not shy about using any of his signal-callers.

…Did South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier’s constant displeasure with Stephen Garcia finally have an effect on the starting quarterback? According to Gamecocks quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus, Garcia has thrown the ball well during seven-on-seven drills. Of course, Mangus wasn’t able to see Garcia in person because that would be an NCAA violation. But strength coach Craig Fitzgerald relayed the info to Mangus, who told the quarterback not to take Spurrier’s comments personally and to use it as motivation to improve.

“He understands — and he ought to by now — it is his time,” Mangus said. “He's got a year under his belt (as a full-time starter). He's got two years left, and we need him to have that big year that we all want to have.”

If Garcia doesn’t make any strides in 2010, the Gamecocks will once again underachieve and we’ll continue to see Spurrier throw his visor up and down the sideline.

Seantrel Henderson isn’t the only one who wants out of USC following the NCAA sanctions being placed upon the Trojans. Linebacker Glen Stanley, who originally enrolled at Bowling Green before going to junior college, is reportedly awaiting a release from his letter of intent in order to attend a school in his native Florida. The 6-2, 250-pounder is no stranger to jumping from school to school. After attending BGU, he went the junior-college route before committing to Central Florida, committing to Tennessee and then following Lane Kiffin to Los Angeles. He likely will want to play right away, which will be very difficult at Florida or Florida State — opening up the possibility of Central Florida. South Florida may not be able to afford to offer another roster spot, so the Knights may be his only fit. With fall camp beginning in about a month, he better get moving.

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