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 didn't throw Wednesday
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen works with his team before the start of the Razorbacks game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen didn't throw in Wednesday's practice, leaving the Razorbacks looking toward AJ Derby as their likely starting quarterback Saturday against No. 10 Texas A&M.
Allen hasn't gone through full practices since suffering a bruised shoulder on Sept. 14 against Southern Miss. The redshirt sophomore took some snaps in Tuesday's practice and worked on handoffs Wednesday, Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema said.
"Percentage-wise I would still say it’s about the same last week of him being able to roll Saturday," Bielema said. "(Tuesday) AJ and Austin Allen took all the reps during practice. But Brandon, there is a chance that he could be there Saturday. But for us to get to where we need to be, AJ will continue to take the reps."
Derby completed 14 of 26 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in Arkansas' 28-24 loss at Rutgers over the weekend. The Razorbacks struggled to move the ball consistently in that game, finishing with a season-low 283 yards of total offense.
True freshman Austin Allen continues to practice with the second-team offense, Bielema said. Coaches said prior to Brandon Allen's injury they hoped to redshirt Austin Allen this season.