Making the morning rounds.
• He's back, and he's accurate. Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett – last seen wheeling around campus to rehab a broken foot during spring practice – now credits the fracture with forcing mechanical adjustments that have notably improved his accuracy: "I shortened my stride up a little bit, and I've been putting the ball everywhere I want to. In the past, I might not have put it in the exact spot I want. Even with my foot, I'm putting it in the exact spot I want. Shortening my stride is the main thing. You can tell the difference." (See here for an early example of the 6'6" slinger's "stride.") Given his atomic arm and consistent success on the deep ball last year, the prospect of an accurate Mallett is the stuff of defensive coordinators' nightmares. [Rivals]
• Fire up the NRA signal. Suspended Arizona receiver Delashaun Dean is transferring to Division II power Texas A&M-Kingsville for his senior season, costing the pass-happy Wildcats their most experienced target. Dean was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after allegedly flashing a gun at a local IHOP earlier this month; police later found two semiautomatic handguns under his car. Dean disputes the police account, claiming he carries the weapon for protection ("not for cool points or anything like that") and was never armed inside the restaurant: "I didn't have an altercation with anybody. It was my gun. That was my legal right. That was my constitutional right." Sounds like the Supreme Court is on your side, Delashaun. [Arizona Republic, Arizona Star]
In other gun news, incoming North Carolina freshman Jared McAdoo was cited on a misdemeanor charge pertaining to "weapons on educational property," apparently for bringing a BB gun onto the UNC campus. He appears in court Aug. 23. [Carolina Blue]
• You can't rush a graven image. Alabama's idol of Nick Saban is "about 65 percent there," but won't be ready before the season, as initially planned. The tentative mid-August target for unveiling the statue outside Bryant-Denny Stadium – where it will join paeans to 'Bama's other national championship-winning coaches, Bear Bryant and Gene Stallings – has been pushed back to midseason. (I'm sure Saban's mythical stature can endure dangerous dates with Penn State, Arkansas and Florida in the meantime, right? Where it only takes three years to get a statue, it may not take much to get it recalled.) [Birmingham News]
• Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl or bust. Day One of Washington quarterback/Heisman hopeful Jake Locker's East Coast media blitz is in the books without too much damage to anyone's tender sensibilities. The headline: Locker thinks ending the Huskies' seven-year bowl drought is a reasonable goal for his senior season: "As far as our team goes, you know, obviously making a bowl game, we'd like to find ourselves contending for a Rose Bowl at the end of the year. ... I want to be a part of a very successful Husky football team, one that puts this team back on the map, and returns it back to the tradition that it once had." [Seattle Times]
• RIP. Condolences to journeyman defensive coordinator Joe Kines, most recently of Texas A&M, whose only daughter was killed in a head-on collision Monday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Kines' two young grandchildren were hospitalized with undisclosed injuries, as were the 18-year-old driver and teenage passengers of an SUV that reportedly crossed the center like to hit Susan Kines Langston's Buick Lacrosse at 11 a.m. Kines' stops over the years include Arkansas, Florida and two stints at Alabama. [Associated Press]
Quickly ... A few artist's renderings of the "initial concepts" to replace Colonel Reb as Ole Miss' official mascot. ... Tennessee signee Marcques Dixon still hopes to enroll this fall despite falling short of academic requirements; Michigan signees Antonio Kinard and Conelus Jones won't be so lucky in Ann Arbor. ... And via @CoachSumlin, Houston is taking submissions to name its new corporate book/apparel store, which should produce some interesting results.
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