Fayetteville quarterback Brandon Allen and Arkansas commit didn't get the state title he wanted last weekend, but did take some hardware home on Wednesday.
?Allen was named the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club's inaugural Player of the Year after a regular season in which he tossed 30 touchdowns without a single interception.
The award meant more to him because he was a finalist along with good friends and fellow Northwest Arkansas standouts Brey Cook (6-7, 310) of Springdale Har-Ber and Kiehl Frazier of Shiloh Christian.
"I am really honored," Allen said. "With names like Brey Cook and Kiehl Frazier up for it as well, it's a huge honor and something very special for me."
Allen led the Purple Bulldogs (10-4) to the state championship game against Bentonville before falling 49-28 last Saturday at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium.
Along the way he became the first quarterback in the state's largest classification to pass for over 10,000 yards in a career and just the sixth player in the state's history.
He ended the season with 3,418 yards passing with 38 touchdowns and completing 65 percent of his passes.
"I was happy with my performance," Allen said. "You always want to get that state championship ring, but I was happy with how we did as a team.
"I don't think a lot of people gave us a chance at all and to just make it to the state championship was quite the accomplishment," Allen added. "Obviously we would have liked to have won that, but it was a great run."
Not having any interceptions during the regular season was mind-boggling, but Allen was quick to deflect the credit.
"To me that is all about the offensive line and the receivers," Allen said. "I could have had plenty of interceptions if there had been tipped passes or the receivers let them go through their hands, but they all did their job so that was a team accomplishment, not an individual one," Allen said. "That is the way I see it."
Allen could enroll at mid-term at Arkansas, but has chosen to stay at Fayetteville and play basketball and baseball his senior season in addition to football.
"I could have (graduated) if I wanted to, but I have played baseball pretty much all my life and this is really my last chance to play," Allen said. "I am doing it all this year – basketball and baseball."
Arkansas is off to a great start in recruiting with 24 commits and a No. 8 class nationally per Scout.com and will host a dozen or so prospects this weekend.
"It's exciting," Allen said. "It would be nice to finish out with a win in the bowl game and finish out the recruiting class with some big names."
Allen is thrilled that Cook will be one of his future teammates.
"That is exciting," Allen said. "When you have someone like Brey providing protection, you feel like you are going to be able to stay upright and make a lot of plays."
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Bentonvile sophomore tailback Tearris Wallace was named the club's newcomer of the year and West Fork's Rodney Selph tabbed as the coach of the year.
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