FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As spring practice began at Arkansas this week, the competition to back up and possibly one day replace starting quarterback Austin Allen is heating up.
Redshirt freshmen Cole Kelley and sophomore Ty Storey have split the reps behind Allen, who will be a senior, through two practices. Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos told reporters Thursday neither has an advantage at this point.
“Ty has had two really good days and Cole has had two really good days,” Enos said. “There’s really no favorite right now. Those guys are going to duke it out. This is something that probably will go on, I’m sure, all the way through spring into fall camp. But we like both of them.”
Allen started all 13 games last season, with Storey playing sparingly as the backup. The 6-foot-7, 258-pound Kelley was impressive in fall camp last season. He was presumed to be the front-runner to surpass Storey in the backup role ahead of the 2017 season. However, things appear to truly be equal for now, with the coaching staff speaking highly of Storey’s development over the winter.
Enos also heaped praise on freshman Daulton Hyatt, who arrived in January as an early enrollee in the 2017 class.
“Daulton Hyatt, I really like him,” Enos said. “I think Daulton Hyatt is a guy that’s got a really big ceiling. He’s got great size, he’s got good arm strength, he can really run.”