Jason Ivester

Arkansas Razorbacks QB Austin Allen completes a successful spring camp

Austin Allen is experienced entering 2017 which wasn't the case last season. He talks about the wide receivers and offensive line and the offense following spring practice.

Austin Allen entered this spring different than any other time in his career at Arkansas. He was a returning starter and experienced. That wasn't the way it was last spring or the previous ones.

The senior has even been touted by different media outlets as the best quarterback in the SEC. That is impressive considering Alabama's Jalen Hurts returns and led his team to the national title game. Allen responded last year as the starter by throwing for 3,430 yards and 25 touchdowns.

On Saturday in the team's final practice the Razorbacks were in the Walker Pavilion due to the weather outside. Allen talked about what the team accomplished inside instead of a scrimmage in the stadium.

"Just drill wise it’s always good to get drills, ball security," Allen said. "Coach is teaching you a bunch of stuff and everything in between plays and everything that you wouldn’t when you get out there and scrimmage. Any time you can go out there in a 24-period practice and get everything done it’s big for the development of our team and is good for us.

"They told us yesterday it would be kind of like a practice. We've practiced indoors this spring. it was just another practice for us. A little more move the ball."

With Drew MorganKeon Hatcher and Cody Hollister gone to the NFL and Dominque Reed also out of eligibility you had a different set of wide receivers to work with this spring. What did you see at that position?

"They got a lot better from Practice One through Practice 15," Allen said. "A bunch of new guys out there and as we installed more and slowed it down a little bit. The last two weeks I thought they played really, really well.

"It’s going to get a lot better for them this summer as we keep installing and keep going over the plays. They’ll hear it more and we’ll rep it out. I think they will continue to get better all the way into next fall."

The wide receivers, outside of Jared Cornelius, may be inexperienced, but there's some pretty big athletes there. Allen talked about that.'

"Yeah, I think we may have some of the biggest wide receivers in America," Allen said. "We’ve got 6-4, 225 6-3, 225 and then we’ve got some speed also. They are really talented. They want to be really good. If they work hard this summer, they’ll be different next fall than where they are at right now in a better way."

The senior has even been touted by different media outlets as the best quarterback in the SEC. That is impressive considering Alabama's Jalen Hurts returns and led his team to the national title game. Allen responded last year as the starter by throwing for 3,430 yards and 25 touchdowns.

On Saturday in the team's final practice the Razorbacks were in the Walker Pavilion due to the weather outside. Allen talked about what the team accomplished inside instead of a scrimmage in the stadium.

"Just drill wise it’s always good to get drills, ball security," Allen said. "Coach is teaching you a bunch of stuff and everything in between plays and everything that you wouldn’t when you get out there and scrimmage. Any time you can go out there in a 24-period practice and get everything done it’s big for the development of our team and is good for us.

"They told us yesterday it would be kind of like a practice. We've practiced indoors this spring. it was just another practice for us. A little more move the ball."

With Drew MorganKeon Hatcher and Cody Hollister gone to the NFL and Dominque Reed also out of eligibility you had a different set of wide receivers to work with this spring. What did you see at that position?

"They got a lot better from Practice One through Practice 15," Allen said. "A bunch of new guys out there and as we installed more and slowed it down a little bit. The last two weeks I thought they played really, really well.

"It’s going to get a lot better for them this summer as we keep installing and keep going over the plays. They’ll hear it more and we’ll rep it out. I think they will continue to get better all the way into next fall."

The wide receivers, outside of Jared Cornelius, may be inexperienced, but there's some pretty big athletes there. Allen talked about that.'

"Yeah, I think we may have some of the biggest wide receivers in America," Allen said. "We’ve got 6-4, 225 6-3, 225 and then we’ve got some speed also. They are really talented. They want to be really good. If they work hard this summer, they’ll be different next fall than where they are at right now in a better way."


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