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Be prepared to hear Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen's name a lot more often.

The best QB in the SEC — Austin Allen — about to start earning more plaudits

Eric Bolin

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Won’t be long now and the accolades will start rolling in.

Yes, you know what’s coming.

Watch lists. Preseason All-Americans and all-conference spots. Positional rankings. They’re on their way, as they are every summer. The key to the Arkansas season should be drawing plenty of notice on them, too.

Not Bret Bielema. Austin Allen.

The Razorbacks quarterback is — as we have said several times here before — the best in the SEC at his position. Better than Jalen Hurts. Better than Nick Fitzgerald. More established than Jarrett Stidham. More established than Jacob Eason. Allen should be the choice as top SEC signal caller when SEC Media Days roll around here in about three weeks.

That isn’t to say he necessarily will be, but he’ll be among the roar. That’s what happens with guys who get invites to the Manning Passing Academy.

Allen was — again — named a counselor for the camp on Thursday. He attended the camp down in Louisiana last year, as well. And while it’s more of a “name” thing than anything else, it’s still a sign of things to come for …

The best quarterback in the SEC.

(Let it sink in.)

Down a man

Arkansas baseballer Jaxon Williams is now a former Arkansas baseballer.

The rising sophomore second baseman announced via Twitter he is transferring to Howard College to play next year.

Williams hit .245 with 14 RBI in 24 games last season. He was one of the top pinch-hitters for coach Dave Van Horn in the nonconference season, but didn’t see much time in SEC play. He will return to his home state of Texas — he is from the suburbs of Houston.

Williams’ playing time likely would not have gone up much in 2018 in Fayetteville. Starting second baseman Carson Shaddy is back for his senior season and Van Horn mentioned a couple freshmen who would vie for the back-up job. Four players are in the 2017 recruiting class who are listed as middle infielders.

Real quick …

New baseball assistant coach Nate Thompson has been on the job — publicly — for a week. Arkansas has yet to hold a news conference introducing him, but there is a good reason for that.

Thompson hit the ground running, taking all of about a day after his hire before hitting the recruiting trail. Summer is a big time for baseball recruiting (obviously, right?) and Thompson has had his hands full with that. Expect an introduction next week.

Yee-Haw! Today in Arkansas

This, y’all, is too much. So much going on here, I don’t know where to start.

First, let’s say this story is from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and can be read in-full here. For the “I don’t like to click things” crowd…

Headline from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette story

The breakdown

  1. Woman allegedly tries to return item for store credit
  2. Employee recognizes her from earlier, says she is suspected stealing previously
  3. Suspect becomes enraged when store says she can’t have her money
  4. Suspect picks up stripper pole and gets out of Dodge.
  5. Employees and others give chase and one employee is bitten while wresting away the pole
  6. Security called
  7. Suspect gets away

One guess as to which Arkansas city this happened in.

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