Mallett Wants to Do It the Burls Way

Stockton Mallett says he has the "drive" similar to Razorback legend Brandon Burlsworth to allow him to play collegiate football.

Even though Stockton Mallett is not known for being able to throw the ball 70 or 80 yards, the cousin of former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has a shot at playing collegiate football.

Stockton Mallett, a senior-to-be at Yellville-Summit has received an offer from the University of Central Arkansas and said he has received strong interest from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Auburn, Memphis and Oklahoma State as well.

Mallett, an offensive guard, said he has the dedication it takes to play at the collegiate level. He said his determination and his appearance are both similar to Brandon Burlsworth, whose story he keeps in the back of his mind to motivate him.

"I actually wear sports goggles and thick-rimmed glasses because I am virtually blind," Mallett said. "Ever since I started wearing them, people have been calling me Brandon Burlsworth and growing up just maybe 10 miles away from the high school he went to, it's neat being able to see how he went through everything and how he did it and I'm trying to be like that.

"He came from a smaller town in northern Arkansas and he had that drive to go out there and be the best he could be. He wasn't highly recruited or anything, but he went to Arkansas and proved himself to everyone."

The Yellville native said he has the qualities it takes to play at the next level, like Burlsworth did by walking on with the Razorbacks and eventually becoming an All-American at guard.

"I'm a big guy with quick feet and I have quick hands," Mallett said. "I have that drive to be better than the guy across from me."

Having seen a family member's name on the back of an Arkansas jersey and growing up in Arkansas as well, Mallett said he has had a great deal of pride in the Razorbacks throughout his life.

"It was sweet to be able to see ‘Mallett' on the back of a Razorback jersey and it was just neat to see being part of the Mallett family," the offensive guard said.

"My family has all grown up being Razorbacks fans and it would be a joy to be able to play there and everyone in my hometown would be happy for me and they would all be able to come watch me play."

While he has not received a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks yet, the 6-foot-3, 303-pound guard said he is still thrilled to have the opportunity to play at the next level with his offer from UCA.

"When UCA told me they were offering me a full scholarship, I was in shock," Mallett said. "I have prepared for that my entire life and now knowing I have that chance, it's a big relief. It was nice to know I'm heading in the right direction and I just need to keep pushing myself, keep going."

Mallett is being recruited by a pair of assistant coaches at the two in-state institutions that are part of the Football Bowl Subdivision. David Gunn (Arkansas State secondary coach) and Tim Horton (Arkansas running backs coach) have been responsible for recruiting the 2013 prospect.

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