"The best feeling I have had in the last year was being able to get out here in front of the hometown fans and just try to perform," Mallett said following the game. "When I first got here I was clueless to the offense. Now after being in here a year and getting a full spring of a lot of reps has really helped me. I have a lot more football knowledge than when I first got here."
The Texarkana-native did plenty to help the good times roll Saturday, completing 15-of-26 passes on the night for 233 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.
Mallett attributed the first interception to bad technique.
"I was sliding to the right and I threw it to the left. That's the cardinal sin playing quarterback. I was trying to make a play and it came back to bite me.
"The second one I have to put it (in D.J. Williams') hands. I threw it outside his body. I needed to throw it inside and we keep the chains moving…It was high and outside. If we were playing baseball they would have called it a ball."
The game capped a spring in which Mallett, an upcoming redshirt sophomore, and redshirt freshman Tyler Wilson went head-to-head looking to lock up the starting quarterback position. Wilson played both ways Saturday, finishing the night 23-of-36 passing for 301 yards and two touchdowns playing for both the Red and White squads.
Mallett said the competition was "fun and healthy."
"Tyler came out here and performed real well," said Mallett of his counterpart, who went 14-of-16 in work with the Red team. "That's what we've got to have if we're going to be a great team – people at every position going tow and three deep and not skipping a beat.
"Just coming out here and competing is always good no matter what position. It could be a couple of long snappers and it's good for the team to have competition at all positions."
Arkansas quarterback coach Garrick McGee said it wasn't necessarily Wilson pushing Mallett to work harder in the spring.
"I think Bobby Petrino on everybody's heels in this building pushes all of us," McGee said. "I don't think it had anything to do with Tyler.
"We compete every single day. Every single time we walk in the building the pressure is on. That's the type of environment the coaches created…Coach Petrino pushes all of us – me included."
That drive has created a good situation at quarterback, he said.
"We're in a good position at the position, but we've still got a long way to go before we're prepared to win in the SEC," McGee said. "They're going to continue to work hard – they're good kids. It's really important for them to lead this team to a championship."