FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas junior quarterback Austin Allen is apparently looking more like himself, at least in practice, after a rough performance in a loss to LSU last Saturday.
According to the coaching staff, Allen was 30 for 30 passing in practice on Tuesday and showing no hangover from his worst game of the season. Arkansas will be on the road Saturday (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU) facing Mississippi State.
“He’s been great this week,” wide receivers coach Michael Smith said Wednesday. “He’s been real sharp. I know it’s something that he took personally last week that he didn’t play like he’s capable of playing. He’s come out these last two days and he’s firing the ball around. I am excited to watch him play Saturday.”
Allen is second in the SEC with 20 touchdown passes and third in the conference at 2,501 yards. Last week, he completed less than 50 percent of his passes for the first time this season. He also threw a pair of interceptions.
“He looked really sharp (Wednesday),” said tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. “Austin’s had a really good year for us. Really good year. Sitting at 6-4, bowl eligible. There’s a lot of guys on the team that had a lot to do with that, but none probably had anything more to do with it than Austin with the way he’s played for us. Hopefully he’ll continue to do that down the stretch and play really good for us on Saturday.”