Bret Bielema: Allen Looked Good in Practice

Bret Bielema handled questions at the SEC Teleconference on Wednesday morning in regards to quarterback Brandon Allen and the Missouri Tigers. Will Allen play this week?

Bret Bielema said on the SEC Teleconference on Wednesday morning that quarterback Brandon Allen did practice Tuesday afternoon and "looked pretty good."

Would it be a game-time decision if he plays? Bielema said, "If he continues to move in this direction, it won't be a tough decision. He'll be in there."

Bielema said all quarterbacks have rotated in for snaps during the week's practices. As far as how far Allen has been pushed in practice, Bielema said, "He's a tough customer, but we didn't want to aggravate it. Austin (Allen) has done a nice job and all of them have rotated in."

Tight end A. J. Derby is questionable with a knee injury. Bielema said Derby's status would be listed as a game day decision.

As far as specifics on Allen's injury, Bielema has not mentioned it. Allen grabbed the lower back area when he left the Ole Miss victory in the first half and didn't return. Some reports have listed it as an oblique injury, but that has not been confirmed.

Bielema described Tuesday's workout as a light practice, typical of what the Hogs have been doing on Wednesdays. The game is at 1:30 p.m. Friday against No. 17 Missouri.

"We are trying to build a rivalry game," Bielema said. "We share a commonality as far as border. The LSU game had held that spot, we move forward with Missouri. We are looking forward to playing (coach) Gary Pinkel's team. He's been there a long time and I have great respect for what he's done there."

Missouri has lost only one fumble this year, leading the nation.

"That's very impressive in our league," Bielema said. "I think most coaches emphasize (ball security), but it's one thing to say it and another thing to live it."

Pinkel was next up on the teleconference and drew a question about their lack of fumbles. How was that accompished?

"Luck," Pinkel said, quickly putting discussion of the stat aside.

Pinkel was asked what he's seen as the season has progressed as far as improvement from Arkansas.

"I think you do see it happen," he said. "It's in the scores. You saw Alabama, Texas A&M and Mississippi State first. They were competitive with the best teams in the nation. They played a very difficult schedule and (Bielema) focused on being positive. It was not a surprise to me. We are going to play a really good football team."

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