It appears Arkansas’ starting quarterback job is Austin Allen’s to lose.
The junior seized control of the QB competition on Saturday with an impressive performance during Arkansas’ team scrimmage. Allen completed 14-of-17 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns during a pass-heavy exhibition, according to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Matt Jones. He also led a 76-yard scoring drive on the final possession of the scrimmage.
Bret Bielema was pleased with Allen’s performance and said Allen has been the most consistent quarterback during the spring, according to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Andrew Hutchinson.
Allen’s competition didn’t wilt during the scrimmage. Sophomore Rafe Peavey and freshman Ty Storey both held their own during the practice. Peavey completed 6-of-12 passes for 130 yards, a touchdown and an interception while Storey went 6-of-10 for 95 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Ricky Town got in for one series and completed only one pass for 18 yards.
There’s still a long way to go until the Razorbacks kick off the 2016 season, but it looks more probable by the week that Arkansas’ starting quarterback job will remain within the Allen family. Austin Allen has to be the frontrunner to replace his brother and three-year starter, Brandon Allen. Bielema recognized the younger Allen has shown the most progression throughout the entire spring session.
“He definitely has the best comprehension of what needs to happen,” Bielema said according to Hutchinson.