QB Mallett leaves Michigan

The Baltimore Sun

Ryan Mallett has left the Michigan football program, and the quarterback might be reunited at Tennessee with his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Mallett, who many thought would be the team's star quarterback for the next three seasons, played in 11 games as a freshman, filling in for Chad Henne when he was injured. Mallet was 61-for-141 for 892 yards with seven touchdown passes and five interceptions.

He might end up with the Volunteers, who are considering hiring former Michigan offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and quarterbacks coach Scott Loeffler.

The Wolverines also lost another offensive player when wide receiver Adrian Arrington declared for the NFL draft. He caught 67 passes for 882 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

Florida State -- Linebacker Geno Hayes will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft in April. Hayes was second on the team in tackles and an All Atlantic Coast Conference first-team pick in 2007. ... Mark Meleney, director of the athletic academic support program, was told his contract would not be renewed after the cheating scandal that stripped the football team of two dozen key players in its bowl loss last month to Kentucky.

Clemson -- Running back James Davis will give up his senior season to enter April's NFL draft. He has been projected as a third-round pick by some experts. He led the Tigers in rushing the past three seasons, going over 1,000 yards in 2006 and 2007.

Tennessee -- Linebacker Jerod Mayo will skip his senior year to enter the NFL draft after leading the Southeastern Conference with 140 tackles this season.

New Mexico State -- Quarterback Chase Holbrook will return for his senior season after considering whether to enter the NFL draft. Holbrook passed for 3,866 yards and 26 touchdowns.

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