Still, Allen said he understands the battle to start the first game in the fall is far from over.
"Obviously, it's still a competition out there and we are still pushing each other in the best way possible," Allen said. "I'm out there doing my best and trying to do my part in the competition. I'm not trying to be second string and I know he's not settling for second string, so we're both pushing ourselves to be no. 1."
Allen completed 9 of his 13 passes in Saturday's scrimmage and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema praised him following the second scrimmage of the spring. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney echoed Bielema Tuesday when he said the redshirt sophomore has a slight lead over Mitchell in the competition.
"I would say Brandon Allen maybe threw the ball a little better than Brandon Mitchell in the scrimmage," Chaney said. "But for the most part, they're still competing and running right through the process.
In addition to his throwing ability, Chaney said Allen possesses other intangibles that have impressed the Razorbacks coaching staff.
"His operation, his management of the huddle and his management of the snap count was a little bit smoother," he said. "It just seemed to work a little bit better."
Overall, however, Chaney said the scrimmage Saturday left a lot to be desired out of the Arkansas passing game.
"We're a long way behind still in the passing game," he said. "We have to continue to work on that and it showed up again today in the team passing period. It's a process and we're going down that path."
The process will likely last until the fall, Chaney said Tuesday, but it has not taken him by surprise.
"I think what we're dealing with is some different protections up front, which are a little bit unique to the things we like to do and the kids' familiarity with it is not where we want to be," he said. "Then you add in the different looks and blitzes we're seeing from the defense and you add in the differences in some schemes and concepts and the way we prefer to read them over some previous staffs.
"It takes a long time. I think you see a lot of teams that pass the football, even in my past when we threw the ball proficiently, it was game three or four before we got rolling. I feel like we're in the infant stages of the passing game."
Despite the development of the passing game still being in its early stages, Chaney, like Allen, said he hopes the quarterback battle continues to be an intense one as the Razorbacks close out spring practice. The Razorbacks have five more practices, including a scrimmage on Saturday, April 13 and the annual Red-White game taking place on Saturday, April 20, at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.