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Ryan Mallett shines; Jake Locker falters

Other big-name QBs also rising, but Michigan's defense continues to struggle

Originally Published: September 20, 2010
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.

There were just too many positive performances in Week 3 of the college football season to put a heavy focus on the negatives, so here's my lopsided version of the stock report.

Stock up

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Dale Zanine/US PresswireRyan Mallett silenced critics who questioned his ability to win big road games.

1. Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett
Mallett completed 21 of 33 passes for 380 yards in a 31-24 win over Georgia, and no pass was more important than the winning, 40-yard connection to WR Greg Childs with 15 seconds remaining. Mallett read the Cover 2 defense, kept the backside safety honest by initially staring down a front-side receiver and then delivered a strike in the soft spot of the zone coverage between the corner and the backside safety. The safety was late arriving and thus vulnerable to Childs' double-move because he was charging so hard to get back into the play.


Want to know what else Ryan Mallett did right and which big-name quarterback struggled the most in Week 3? Wondering which defense looked great in coverage and which is in big trouble? Todd McShay has those answers and more for ESPN Insiders. Insider