Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Allen first-team QB leaving spring
Arkansas Red Team quarterback Brandon Allen calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the first half of a spring NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, April 20, 2013. Arkansas Red beat Arkansas White 34-27. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)
FAYETTEVILLE Brandon Allen is Arkansas' first-team quarterback coming out of spring practices, according to a two-deep depth chart released by Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema on Monday.
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The move comes as little surprise after Allen worked with Arkansas' first-team offense throughout the 15 spring drills, which concluded Saturday with the team's annual Red-White Game. The Fayetteville native completed 11 of 16 passes in the scrimmage for 158 yards and a touchdown.
Allen has been in competition with senior quarterback Brandon Mitchell for the starting job to replace departed all-SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson. Working primarily with the second-team offense, Mitchell completed 12 of 17 passes for 138 yards, and threw a touchdown and an interception in the scrimmage.
The two quarterbacks have combined for one start at the position in their careers. With Wilson out with a concussion, Allen started a 52-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama last season. Mitchell was used last year as a wide receiver.