FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Austin Allen hoped he'd have the chance to at least back up his big brother at quarterback for Arkansas this season.
Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema said Saturday that the redshirt freshman has earned his shot — emerging as the team's No. 2 quarterback after two weeks of preseason practice.
Allen, the younger brother of starter Brandon Allen, was 10-of-21 passing for 86 yards and a touchdown in Arkansas' second preseason scrimmage on Saturday.
The performance was enough for Bielema, who a week earlier said the competition between Austin Allen and freshman Rafe Peavey was in "full throttle" to acknowledge Allen's advantage at a position that hampered the Razorbacks last season.
"I think Austin has declared himself, if there was a situation (and) unless something dramatically changes in the next two week, that he's our No. 2 quarterback," Bielema said.
Allen, who led Fayetteville to back-to-back championships in high school, redshirted last season while struggling to fully grasp Arkansas' offense and the speed of the college game.
However, he performed well in a scrimmage last week — finishing 16-of-19 passing for 170 yards — and continued to emerge this week leading into Arkansas' season opener at Auburn on Aug. 30.
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