Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time 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.
Arkansas QB's vehicle burned in possible arson
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen runs drills during practice Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE The vehicle belonging to Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen caught fire in a possible arson Monday morning.
According to Sgt. Craig Stout with Fayetteville Police, Allen's Chevy Avalanche was one of two vehicles that caught fire early Monday. Officers responded to Allen's residence at 3:59 a.m. after responding to a fire to another vehicle by the same make and model at 1:34 a.m.
Stout said officers are investigating whether the fires were the result of arson. He also said it isn't clear whether Allen was targeted because of his position as the Razorbacks' starting quarterback.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said he was aware of the situation and wouldn't make Allen or his younger brother Austin available for interviews this week. Austin Allen is the Razorbacks' backup quarterback.
This is at least the second incident involving Allen's truck the last nine months. Allen returned to find his vehicle had been egged last November following an overtime loss to Mississippi State in Little Rock.
Arkansas' football season begins Saturday with a game at No. 6 Auburn.