Peavey Pleased With Progress

While he cautions fans not to expect too much too soon as he learns to be a college signal caller, Arkansas freshman quarterback Rafe Peavey (6-2, 212) is excited about the additional reps he is now getting in practice after the movement of a couple of others to different positions.

In just a few days, Arkansas true freshman signal caller and early enrollee Rafe Peavey found himself going from arguably the fifth-string quarterback to battling for the the number two spot.

That happened when Razorback head coach Bret Bielema moved A.J. Derby to tight end – a move he has embraced – and Damon Mitchell to wide receiver, a move he is still contemplating.

That left junior starter Brandon Allen, redshirt freshman Austin Allen and Peavey (6-2, 212) getting all of the snaps in last week's spring practices and Saturday's scrimmage.

"Obviously they moved those guys and we are getting more reps because there are only three of us," Peavey said. "I am taking advantage of that, getting more reps with the twos. I'm just taking it day-by-day and learning all I can."

Peavey, who passed for 2,294 yards and 16 touchdowns and ran for 1,557 and another 27 scores as a senior at Bolivar, Mo., admits that the recent moves and increased reps have been very beneficial for him.

"It has helped me a ton," Peavey said. "Getting those reps are priceless. I am just go grateful that I got here early. It is really paying off and I am so glad I did it."

Peavey, a 4-star on most recruiting services, was 4-of-6 for 49 yards in the latest scrimmage after going 3-of-3 for 39 yards in the first one.

"If you were playing a game tomorrow, Austin would have the edge just because he's said it, he's talked it," Bielema said. "He's been in the huddle a little bit more. Doesn't obviously have a lot of experiences. But Rafe is a football junkie. He's a kid that learns very well. He can throw the football. You can see that. I would say that's kind of a day-by-day thing. Austin really just has an edge because of time spent here."

Peavey had completed his first six passes in the two scrimmage before his seventh found the arms of defender Tiquention Coleman, which let him know that you make a mistake you will likely pay for it on this level.

"Just the size of everybody and the speed," Peavey said. "Those are the two biggest things...If you make a mistake here, it may be taken back for six instead of falling as an incomplete pass. I have to learn the coverages better. I have to learn who is going to be where and who is just giving me a look trying to confuse me."

Peavey, who graduated from Bolivar in December and then enrolled in January, admitted that things were coming at him very fast early in spring practice.

He does think that playing in the Under Armour All-Star game in Orlando in December was a nice transition step.

"That came really helped prep me for what college was going to be like," Peavey said. "I kind of got used to it down there and was away from my parents and doing everything on my own. It gave me a little heads up on what college was going to be like as far as the speed of the game. But even college is another level up from that so it is pretty fast."

Peavey, who passed he had 2,718 yards rushing and 53 touchdowns while also completing 317 of 473 pass attempts for 5,990 with 54 scores with just 12 interceptions, knows the back-up quarterbacks are always the most popular people on campus when a starter struggles.

"Brandon is going to do a great job for us this year and Austin and I are going to be there to help if we are called upon," Peavey said. "But I am like 10 practices in my college career and everybody needs to just let me grow and learn and not expect too much, too soon. Playing quarterback in college is way different than playing in high school. I am learning every day and I've got to."

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