Arkansas Finding Stability at Quarterback
After a dreadful 2013 campaign, Bret Bielema and company have been working hard this off-season in hopes of not duplicating their 3-9 record from a year ago, which included running the table in reverse in the SEC.
And with position battles all over the place heading into the spring, there was one particular race that stood out above the rest:
It's the position that will always garner the most attention, but if Arkansas wants to have a chance to even sniff a bowl game in 2014, they need a leader at the most important position on the field.
This spring, that leader has been Brandon Allen. And that's certainly a bit of good news for Bielema and his staff for several reasons.
First off, Allen has proven that he's more than capable of handling a good amount of competition. Even though the quarterback competition was essentially open heading into the off-season, most people expected Allen to grab the starting role.
He's done just that, despite facing pressure from his younger brother Austin Allen, as well as freshman Rafe Peavey.
It's all good news because of Allen's experience last season.
Sure, this team took some massive beatings, but he learned quite a bit by being thrown into the fire right away. Having him under center will be more beneficial for this team because he's seen the high level of competition in the SEC, and knows what to expect when the Razorbacks open up the season against the Auburn Tigers in late August.
It wouldn't have been an ideal situation for Arkansas to have to start over again at quarterback. There's already a ton of rebuilding that needs to be done, so not having to worry about that position definitely helps.
Allen may not lead the Razorbacks to a conference title, but if he continues to progress, he should help give this offense a chance in the passing game.
The rushing game will still be priority number one without question. However, it's always nice to have a passing attack that compliments that.
Arkansas is a long way from being a contender in the SEC. But perhaps if it can continue to find stability in Allen, it can at least be competitive.
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