It would be a real shame, but what if Austin Allen never plays again?
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Is this the end of Austin Allen?
If it is, man, what a crummy way to go out.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said during his weekly press conference Monday that he anticipates Allen returning in the next couple weeks. It’s possible Allen is able to go this weekend against Auburn. Unlikely. Possible, too, Allen misses the remainder of the season. Probably unlikely, too, but I’d bet on that one before I bet on the other.
Allen, for those who don’t know, is nursing a shoulder injury. He sustained it against South Carolina in the first quarter two weeks ago and then played through it until the fourth. Last week, he did not dress as redshirt freshman Cole Kelley made his first career start. That start went about how you’d think a redshirt freshman making his first career start against Alabama would go. That is to say, not great.
But Kelley wasn’t terrible against the top-ranked team in the nation. Those desperate for positive signs can take that and run with it, especially as he’s almost definitely going to start again this week against Auburn. And what if, say, Kelley makes a run. Arkansas beats Ole Miss, then nips LSU. Would a healthy Allen regain his job at that point? It’s a wild possibility to even go that route, but stranger things have happened in the Bielema tenure.
As for Allen, let’s hope he makes it back. After everything that dude has put up with physically, it would be miserable for his (so far) crummy season to be the last we see of him.
Brunch with the Razorbacks and Rebels
When I was a preteen and teenager, the 11 a.m. kickoffs were my favorite. There weren’t a ton of them, so I could flip around the satellite dish rather easily. Wasn’t overwhelmed in the pre-internet days and could really learn about teams.
Nowadays, with TV deals and the World Wide Web at our fingertips, those 11 a.m. kicks are relegated to the castaways. That’s where teams are hidden, out of the spotlight of most college football fans.
Makes sense, then, that Arkansas and Ole Miss would receive the time slot for their pillow fight in a couple weeks.
Order of finish, All-SEC basketball comes out this week
Smart money is Arkansas is tabbed somewhere between fifth and seventh place. Odds are that puts the Razorbacks on the NCAA Tournament bubble. If the conference is improved as much as it looked in the 2017 Big Dance, fifth place probably gets the Hogs in the tournament. Seventh likely does not.
As for me?
2. Texas A&M
6. Mississippi State
12. Ole Miss
13. South Carolina
I’m not in love with putting Auburn ahead of Arkansas what with everything the Auburn program is dealing with lately. Wouldn’t shock me in the least if Arkansas was well ahead of the Tigers.
My All-SEC picks
- Player of the Year — Robert Williams, A&M
- KeVaughn Allen, Florida
- Yante Maten, Georgia
- Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
- Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State
Apologies to Collin Sexton (who will almost assuredly be on the preseason team over Q-Spoon), Daryl Macon and everyone at Kentucky.
- Bielema wants fans to show out against Auburn on Saturday. No matter your opinion on the guy, he is still going for it. Notions that he is phoning it in are absurd. He’s far too decent a human being to do that.
- Lots of people want Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long gone. I think that’s silly, but the idea is that he’s ruined Razorbacks football with the hire of Bielema (also disagree). However, he has made one pretty terrible hire in a major sport: Jimmy Dykes never worked as Arkansas women’s basketball coach and now he’s headed back to ESPN.
- Arkansas needs a major second-half turnaround, wrote Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
- Whether or not and how often Arkansas blitzes depends on the matchup, wrote Jimmy Carter of WholeHogSports.
Tweets and the like
• SEC Basketball Media Day is Wednesday. Arkansas is taking its two most likely All-SEC candidates.
Nashville bound on Wednesday for #SECTipoff!
— Razorback Basketball (@RazorbackMBB) October 16, 2017
• Athletic directors are smart. They aren’t up in their feelings like most of us on social media. Thus, this is a very purposeful tweet from Jeff Long:
• Remember this guy? Former Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry is having a pretty decent pro career a season-plus into it.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) October 16, 2017
• Holy smokes. Looks like Arkansas offensive lineman Paul Ramirez was in a car wreck recently. Appears to be OK, but that car is in rough shape.
If I can survive being passenger in this with a faulty air bag then we for sure coming back from this pic.twitter.com/xABTSTOj7N
— Paul Ramirez-Diaz (@RazorRamirez) October 16, 2017
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