Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas-Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Allen 'OK' after shoulder injury
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen (10) runs past Southern Mississippi defensive lineman Dylan Bradley (94) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said he is optimistic starting quarterback Brandon Allen will return for next week's game at Rutgers after suffering an injured shoulder in the first quarter of Saturday's 24-3 win over Southern Miss.
Bielema said Allen suffered a shoulder bruise and was held out of the final three-plus quarters as a precaution. Allen stood on the sideline in a sling after the injury.
Allen injured the shoulder on a 5-yard touchdown run to give the Razorbacks a 7-0 lead over the Golden Eagles with 5:47 remaining in the first quarter. He was replaced by junior college transfer A.J. Derby, playing in a game for the first time at Arkansas.
Prior to the injury, Allen completed 2 of 5 passes for 33 yards and was intercepted once. The Razorbacks had 111 yards of total offense in his three drives under center, but just 48 yards in the final six possessions of the first half.
Derby finished the game completing 4 of 6 passes for 36 yards. Arkansas rushed for 258 yards, led by Jonathan Williams (116) and Alex Collins (115).
In addition to the quarterback, the Razorbacks also lost tackle Grady Ollison (sprained ankle) and cornerback Jared Collins (head) for the game because of first half injuries. Their status for the Rutgers game is unknown.