Bret Bielema has high praise for Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen.
The Razorbacks coach appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network on Tuesday and spoke about the player’s growth. Bielema, whose team went 7-6 last year, opens the season against Florida A&M on Aug. 31. Allen’s performance will help determine how far Arkansas goes this season, and Bielema likes what he sees so far.
“He’s prepared,” Bielema said on the show. “He has learned through the trials and tribulations from a year ago. Kids have tremendous respect for him. … What I really have noticed this year so far in fall camp, he’s not afraid to step up there and make some noise when it needs to be made about a player who needs to be corrected.”
That’s interesting insight into Bielema’s faith in his quarterback at this moment. Allen threw for a career-high 3,618 yards with 26 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last year. The senior offers veteran leadership, and the Razorbacks’ attempt to take a step forward this fall will depend on his ability to guide Arkansas in an effective way.
So far, so good for the Hogs.
"The kids have tremendous respect for him"@BretBielema is excited about Sr. QB Austin Allen
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 1, 2017