Quinn Grovey has taken two Arkansas teams to Southwest Conference championships and knows a little about great quarterback play from his days under center with the Razorbacks.
So it was noteworthy Wednesday when Grovey told the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club that senior Brandon Allen will deliver some clutch performances for the Razorbacks this season.
Grovey said he was impressed with the way Allen performed in the spring, noting the pocket presence has improved for the fifth-year senior since Dan Enos has taken over as quarterbacks coach.
"I saw in the spring game some things from Brandon that I hadn't seen, just better movement in the pocket," Grovey said. "He can move in the pocket and just be niftier. I think Dan Enos is a big part of that. I know he's given Brandon drills to improve that area and I think it will make a difference. I think Brandon is going to deliver some things in late-game situations and have a very good season."
Asked if Arkansas can duplicate the fine defense of late last season under second-year coordinator Robb Smith, Grovey said it's likely to happen.
"I think Arkansas can be as good on defense as last year," Grovey said. "I know they lost some good players, but I see development in the defensive line and I think the secondary is going to be very good. I see defense as a strength on this team again. Robb Smith is very good and I really liked what I saw from the secondary as the season progressed last year from Clay Jennings. He's got those guys playing very well in the back end."
Grovey was asked to make a prediction.
"I see nine wins," Grovey said. "I don't see them winning every game. I like to say 12-0 like everyone else, but I think nine is very much within reach of this team. Bret Bielema has developed a very good team. It looks like an SEC team when it gets off the bus. It's a more developed team physically.
"I love the team. I love the foundation of the team, the offensive line and the defensive line. It starts in the trenches and I feel really good about what they have in the foundation."