The Arkansas offense has been missing QB Austin Allen the last two games, and it’s uncertain if the team will get his services for Saturday’s game in Oxford.
Allen has been absent after injuring his throwing shoulder in the second half against South Carolina. The Razorbacks have only managed one offensive touchdown in each of the past two games, although it’s worth noting those two contests have come against Alabama and Auburn, two of the SEC’s three best defenses in terms of points allowed per game.
On Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference, coach Bret Bielema updated his quarterback’s status for this week’s game against Ole Miss.
“He had no regression today. Yesterday was by far his biggest workload since the injury,” Bielema said. “He’s moving along and, again, no regression or setback, that’s kind of what we’ve been monitoring.”
“I would checkmark the box of highly questionable. … He’s making progress, I think he can get out there, the question would be whether he’s at risk to re-injure it or re-aggravate it again and whether he can make all the throws.”
Allen wasn’t listed on the team’s depth chart released earlier in the week, prompting many to speculate he wouldn’t be able to play.
The Rebels are also dealing with the loss of their starting quarterback, Shea Patterson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second quarter of the team’s 40-24 loss to LSU last Saturday.
Also on Wednesday, Bielema was asked about the Hogs’ disappointing performance after halftime this season by saying, “The second half has been our demise.”
The only time the Razorbacks have outscored their opponent in the second half/overtime this season was in Week 1 against Florida A&M. Since then, Arkansas has been outscored 144-71 after the break.
“If I knew that answer, I’d probably have had it six or seven games ago,” Bielema said. “It could be a common thing, some mental breakdowns or mistakes or miscues. Sometimes it’s been ball security.”