Jason Ivester

Bret Bielema Names Austin Allen Starter

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema named Austin Allen as the starting quarterback on Thursday. He told the team after practice.

Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema said the spring would be an open competition for the four quarterbacks in a battle to replace Brandon Allen. As of Thursday after practice, the job is filled.

Bielema announced to the team following practice Thursday that fourth-year junior Austin Allen is the starting quarterback. Austin Allen is a junior from Fayetteville. He's been the backup to his older brother the last two seasons.

“The fifth Arkansas edge is we EARN EVERYTHING,” Bielema said. “That is why today I announced to the team that Austin Allen is our starting quarterback.”

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