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ARKANSAS FOOTBALL The quarterbacks

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Bielema believes in Allen

By Tom Murphy

This article was published August 17, 2014 at 2:40 a.m.

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Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen (10) drops back in the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Quarterbacks glance

RETURNING STARTER Brandon Allen

LOSSES AJ Derby, Damon Mitchell

WHO’S BACK Austin Allen

WHO’S NEW Rafe Peavey

WALK-ON Troy Allison

ANALYSIS If the Razorbacks are to make a move this fall, Brandon Allen has to be at the forefront of the improvement. Not only did Allen have issues with throwing on balance in the first year of the offense, he struggled with decision-making at key moments, all while playing injured. It all made for a forgettable season from a quarterbacking standpoint. Austin Allen showed notable improvement early in camp and should start taking game reps in some of the early games in case he’s needed later. Peavey is on a fast learning track but not in position to challenge yet. Derby and Mitchell, moved to tight end and receiver, are considered fall-back options.

When things go bad in college football, the starting quarterback often shoulders a huge chunk of the blame.

Quarterbacks glance

RETURNING STARTER Brandon Allen

LOSSES AJ Derby, Damon Mitchell

WHO’S BACK Austin Allen

WHO’S NEW Rafe Peavey

WALK-ON Troy Allison

ANALYSIS If the Razorbacks are to make a move this fall, Brandon Allen has to be at the forefront of the improvement. Not only did Allen have issues with throwing on balance in the first year of the offense, he struggled with decision-making at key moments, all while playing injured. It all made for a forgettable season from a quarterbacking standpoint. Austin Allen showed notable improvement early in camp and should start taking game reps in some of the early games in case he’s needed later. Peavey is on a fast learning track but not in position to challenge yet. Derby and Mitchell, moved to tight end and receiver, are considered fall-back options.

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