FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen was asked a simple question during his interview session after practice Wednesday.
Is he nervous about making his first career start Saturday against Louisiana Tech?
His answer was surprisingly honest.
“Oh, yeah,” Allen said. “If you don’t get a little bit nervous, you are not right. You are not in the right place.
“I am really excited about it. As long as you prepare, you play well.”
Allen, a fourth-year junior, replaces his brother, Brandon, as the team’s starting quarterback this weekend. Brandon wrapped up his college career as one of the most prolific passers in Razorbacks history and is now a Jacksonville Jaguars rookie.
Earlier in the week, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator Dan Enos expressed unambiguous optimism about the younger Allen.
Of course, the last time Austin replaced Brandon as the quarterback for a team, things turned out well. After Brandon left Fayetteville High School, Austin led the Bulldogs to consecutive state championships.
“I’m ready to go out there and play some football,” Austin said. “It’s been a long time, but I’m ready to get out there.”