FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen did not practice Tuesday, but said he feels “a lot better” after suffering a knee injury Saturday at Auburn, and that he plans to play when the Hogs return from a bye Nov. 5 at home against Florida.
“Just taking it day by day, and I’m sure I’ll feel a lot better by the end of the week and going into next week,” Allen said. “I just rehabbed all day today and went out there and got mental reps.
“That’s kind of what I’ll do this week and try to get right.”
With 10:22 left in the second quarter at Auburn, Allen was hit in the back of the knee by Auburn’s Carl Lawson as Allen completed a pass to tight end Austin Cantrell.
Backup quarterback Ty Storey replaced Allen, who returned to the game for the next offensive drive after spending time in the medical tent and receiving a brace for his right knee.
The knee swelled up some in the fourth quarter, causing Allen to miss the rest of the game.
The Razorbacks lost the game 56-3 — the most lopsided loss of the Bret Bielema era — and tumbled from No. 17 to unranked following the embarrassing defeat.
“That won’t happen again,” Allen vowed Tuesday. “That’s on the veteran guys to not let it happen again. We can’t go out there and play like that again.
“It’s just kind of a sickening feeling in all our stomachs and I think it’ll drive us to make sure something like that won’t happen again.”
For the season, Allen has completed 62.2 percent of his pass attempts for 2,048 yards, an SEC-leading 18 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions.
As for the injury, Allen admitted it was “kinda scary at first” because he heard his knee pop when Lawson hit it. He said the knee went numb and began to swell.
“They said everything structurally was OK and they just put me in the brace and I felt fine,” Allen said. “I wanted to be out there in the fourth quarter also but the swelling got a little bit. They drained it all out on Sunday, so I feel pretty good right now.”
Allen also emphatically denied that Lawson’s hit was dirty.
“I wouldn’t think it’s anything dirty like that,” Allen said. “I think he got around the edge. He’s trying to get a sack so he got pushed on the ground. Trying to get a sack. If our guy did it I wouldn’t think anything of it and I don’t think anything of it that he did it. I think he’s just playing hard.”