Tall, strong-armed, Arkansas native, Michigan transfer and extremely confident are a few things that come to mind first.
Nervous? Not so much even as a Saturday night nationally televised home game with Georgia comes around.
"That's how you've got to want it - big stage, ESPN, first SEC game for me and for the rest of the team - and we're ready," Mallett said. "We're ready to go out there and compete and have some fun."
Mallett (6-6, 238) is coming off quite a Razorback debut in which he was 17-of-22 for 308 yards as he and back-up Tyler Wilson set a new single-game school record of 447 yards through the air.
That game was on pay-per view nationally while this 6:45 kickoff will be seen nationally on ESPN.
Mallett says he approaches both games the same way.
"I go in there - and I think everybody else does too – (thinking) you can't change your approach to an opponent," Mallett said. "If you do, that's how you get kind of out of sync. We've got to come out there where we're trying to get the W every game. We're going to go out there and play our style of football, regardless of who it is. We've got to play how we want to play to be successful and that's what we're going out there to do."
Mallett admits he was a little more amped up as a true freshman while starting for the Wolverines against Notre Dame and others in 2007.
"Since my freshman year until now, i've grown up a lot," Mallett said. "I don't get as wired up as I did. I'm more calm and know what i have to do. I'm just going to approach it like I did the Missouri State game with the same mindset and the same focus and stuff like that."
It will have been two weeks since Mallett and his team have hit the field. They will face a stiff challenge in the Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0), who whipped visiting South Carolina 41-37 on Saturday night.
"You get anxious," Mallett said. "It's being able to get out there Saturday and release that energy is going to be what we need right now. We had the bye week and we prepared well for Georgia. We've just got to go out there and execute and play our style of ball."
Arkansas players broke down in groups Sunday to watch the Georgia-South Carolina tape with the QBs and receivers watching strictly the plays the Bulldogs were on defense.
"We watched it with our coaches and went over that game," Mallett said. "They're fast. They've got a lot of athletes and they can make plays. We've got to go out there and execute and use our technique and go out there and put points on the board."
He sized up Georgia's defense.
"The speed is good, but you've got to be able to play football with that speed," Mallett said. You can't just run all over the field. I mean, they've got to tackle us after we get the ball. That might be where the speed comes in more than anything. That's how we feel. If we go out there and we run our routes and we get the ball, then the only thing speed matters is to run down the field after us."
He knows that Bulldogs will try to give the Razorbacks a lot of different looks.
"They mix it up (coverages) a little bit," Mallett said. "That's fine with us. We've got plenty of plays."
Arkansas will go into the SEC showdown without injured wideouts London Crawford and Lucas Miller.
But there are still plenty of targets to get the ball to according to Mallett.
"I still think we've got like 30 on the team," Mallett said while laughing. "Something like that. I think we've got plenty of guys there that are more than capable of playing in the game. You hate to lose two guys like that, especially being older. But they're going to be back and we're looking forward to that."
The fact that 13 different wideouts, tight ends and running backs all caught passes – without a single drop – breeds confidence.
"Tthat makes you feel good when you don't have any drops and the only ones that were incomplete were your fault," Mallett said. "I mean, I always had confidence in the guys here. They're all playmakers. That builds confidence. Having over a year with them in the system, that also builds confidence. That helps us get ready."
While Georgia gave up over 300 yards passing to South Carolina's Stephen Garcia on Saturday, Mallett said he doesn't go in just looking for certain numbers.
"You know me, I've said it before, i'm not a stat guy," Mallett said. "The only stat i'm worried about is the wins and the losses. I think the guys in the locker room will tell you the same thing. The numbers are all good and everything, but the only ones that matter are in the win/loss column. That's what we're going out there to do."