Tom Murphy has covered the Razorbacks for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He has more than 25 years experience covering college athletics in Louisiana, Alabama and Arkansas.
ARKANSAS FOOTBALL The quarterbacks:
Bielema believes in Allen
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen (10) drops back in the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
When things go bad in college football, the starting quarterback often shoulders a huge chunk of the blame.
RETURNING STARTER Brandon Allen
LOSSES AJ Derby, Damon Mitchell
WHO’S BACK Austin Allen
WHO’S NEW Rafe Peavey
WALK-ON Troy Allison
ANALYSIS If the Razorbacks are to make a move this fall, Brandon Allen has to be at the forefront of the improvement. Not only did Allen have issues with throwing on balance in the first year of the offense, he struggled with decision-making at key moments, all while playing injured. It all made for a forgettable season from a quarterbacking standpoint. Austin Allen showed notable improvement early in camp and should start taking game reps in some of the early games in case he’s needed later. Peavey is on a fast learning track but not in position to challenge yet. Derby and Mitchell, moved to tight end and receiver, are considered fall-back options.
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