Allen benefits from Father's coaching

Arkansas commit Austin Allen said he has reaped the benefits of having a father that coaches.

A few weeks ago while Arkansas' practices were open to the public, Austin Allen attended and could be seen throwing passes with his father during a water break.

Arkansas secondary coach Bobby Allen went from coaching on the defensive side of the ball to giving his son, the Fayetteville quarterback, some advice to improve his game during the rest of the team's brief rest.

"He (Bobby Allen) played quarterback in high school and was a backup quarterback while playing defense in college," Austin Allen said. "He knows all about football and he has taught me how to play quarterback.

"He has a very high football IQ. If we're watching film, he can start calling out coverages I've never heard of in my life and tell me what I need to look for and all of that."

The Arkansas assistant coach is in his 15th season with the Razorbacks and his son said being around a coach while he is at work has helped him progress as a football player as well.

"Growing up, being around the program and everything, I've learned a lot throughout the years," Allen said. "It's been a great learning curve for me to be able to be familiar with the game while some kids get to high school and haven't had much exposure to football."

Despite being on the field, next to his father his entire life, Allen did encounter a new experience in Fayetteville on Saturday. The four-star quarterback watched his first game since officially committing to the University of Arkansas. Despite some fan criticism of the Razorbacks' season opener, Allen said he saw a lot of potential for Arkansas.

"I feel like we (Arkansas) can be a pretty good team that can compete for the national championship," he said. "Tyler Wilson is the top quarterback in the country and Knile Davis is a top back. The defense is going to be up there competing with the other defenses in the SEC, so I feel good about this season."

In a year, he will have the chance to wear Cardinal and White and team up with another highly sought-after recruit he scrimmaged a few weeks ago, Arkansas tight end commit Hunter Henry.

"Hunter is a great player," Allen said. "He's the top tight end in the country. It's special how fast he is and how well catches the ball with that size. He's a big target who can move and runs about as fast as most safeties. He's a guy who you can always toss it up to and feel comfortable that he'll make a play on it."

Still, Allen has a state championship to defend before putting on a Razorbacks jersey. The senior signal caller said the Bulldogs have a lot to improve on after losing their season opener, but he has confidence they can make it back to Little Rock.

"We need to get better," Allen said. "I need to get better. We ran into a good team in Memphis University School and we were their third game of the season, so they kind of had the upper-hand there, but we just need to get sharper as an offense and our defense will be great all year.

"We never quit. We're going to be a team that competes hard every play and will not give up. We'll get it together.

"We have the team to compete for the conference and state title. We just need to stay focused and go out and try to win it."

The Purple 'Dogs will return to action when they travel to St. Louis to face Jefferson City, Mo., on Friday.

"We're looking forward to playing a crisp, solid game on offense," Allen said. "As a team, we just want to put it all together, not have too many mistakes and play four quarters of quality football and come up with the ‘W' at the end of the night."

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