HOOVER, Ala. — Brooks Ellis gets a better view of Arkansas’ rebuilding offense than most. But sometimes, even he forgets the Hogs have a different guy — albeit with the same last name — behind center.
“It’s hard to really tell the difference between the two when they’re throwing the ball or when they’re leading the offense,” said Ellis, a senior Arkansas linebacker.
And this is a guy who knows the Allen family well. Ellis played at Fayetteville High School — just like both Brandon and Austin Allen — and is currently Austin’s roommate.
Austin is taking over for Brandon this season as the Hogs’ starting quarterback, a task that would be difficult for anyone. Brandon Allen made 38 career starts in the last four seasons, passing for 7,463 career yards and 64 touchdowns.
Austin, now a junior, backed up his brother and won the battle to replace him during the spring.
“During the summer, he’s been getting with the wide receivers, running routes every day,” Ellis said. “He has been really excited to take over that role. To see him grow from freshman year to now, under his brother and now he has taken the lead … it has been really cool to watch.
“He’s my roommate, so I’m with him every day. I see him grow. Everybody’s excited for him. They know he can do a great job and follow up Brandon very well and can do it almost just as well as he did it.”