New Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez said today in a radio interview on The Jim Rome Show that Ryan Mallett, who was likely the slated starter for next season, is going to transfer.
I believe he's going to transfer," Rodriguez said. "He has not told me specifically and he's told other folks in the program. I talked to him a couple times, again, before the bowl game and once after the bowl game and gave him our spiel. But, again, if he chooses to leave, he's going to make a choice that's best for him, and we'll be OK."
Mallett, a super freshman and backup to senior Chad Henne this past season, is a pro style pocket passer that isn't the prototypical QB for the spread offense, which Rodriguez operates.
"I talked to him and all the quarterbacks about how our system can adapt to the quarterback because we've had throwing quarterbacks in this system that have had great careers and gone on to the NFL and all that," Rodriguez said. "But I did it a couple times (with Mallett.) I recruited him once, I recruited him twice and after the third call, I'm thinking okay, three calls is enough for me. It's a great institution and if somebody doesn't want to be here that's already here, you wish them well and move on."
We blogged about this last Thursday when it seemed Mallett wasn't sure what he was going to do. If Mallett goes, the question becomes who will lead the Wolverines at QB next season? Rivals No. 1 recruit Terrelle Pryor?
In the first article we linked to in this post, Rodriguez also acknowledges that wide receivers Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington are likely declaring for the NFL Draft. If true, coupled with Mallet's transfer, this means Michigan will be without its top two QBs, RB, LT, LG and top two WRs for next season.