Arkansas coach Bret Bielema isn’t rushing to name a starting quarterback for the 2016 season. But he did give a hint, and the last name might sound familiar.
Bielema said rising junior Austin Allen, brother of three-year starter Brandon Allen, is atop the depth chart as the Razorbacks prepare to open spring practice, according to reports.
The quarterback competition features four candidates, but Bielema said the latter three — sophomore Rafe Peavey and redshirt freshmen Ty Storey and Ricky Town — are “kind of equal,” according to Whole Hog Sports’ Andrew Hutchinson.
Brandon Allen quickly blossomed from a scout team player as a freshman into one of the program’s most prolific passers by his senior season. That’s something Bielema believes could have a strong effect on his brother.
“I don’t think the development of BA… I don’t think you can put a price tag on how much it’s meant to his brother,” Bielema said according to Gatehouse Media’s Eric Bolin.
Bielema admitted he’s not devoted to naming a starter at the end of spring practice, per Hutchinson. But the younger Allen will have to develop if he hopes to follow in his brother’s footsteps.
“I think he (Austin Allen) has some true leadership skills,” Bielema said, according to Bolin. “They can be positive or negative depending on how he uses them.”