Nathan's Plans

Texas prep quarterback Nathan Dick (6-3, 195), young brother of UA starting quarterback Casey Dick and someone considering following in his footsteps, is very interested in how the Mitch Mustain sweepstakes turns out for a couple of reasons.

One of the most interested parties in what is going on with current and possibly future quarterbacks at the University of Arkansas is junior Texas prep signal caller Nathan Dick, who was on hand in San Antonio this past weekend for the U.S. Army All-American National Junior combine.

That's because Dick (6-3, 195), the younger brother of Razorback true freshman starting quarterback Casey Dick , could envision himself taking snaps one day in Fayetteville.

"I would love to go to Arkansas and if they redshirted me than he would be a senior when I was ready to play," Dick said. "I love Arkansas and their fans. But it just depends on what quarterback they get this year. Whether (Mitch) Mustain commits or not."

Arkansas is certainly not the only team who has shown interest in Dick, who backed up his brother when he was a sophomore and took over this season.

"The main ones that have been showing interest besides Arkansas are Florida State and Tennessee, (Texas) A&M, SMU, Kansas and Iowa," Allen said.

Dick is coming off a junior season in which he missed five games due to injury, but still managed to complete 85-of-148 passing for 1,213 yards and 7 touchdowns and rush for 294 yards and 5 more scores.

"I got hurt the fifth game and then had to sit out five games," Dick said. "Our record was still pretty good because our back-up quarterback (Travis Pickup) stepped in and did real good. We got to the playoffs and I got to come back the first game and had 195 yards passing and two touchdowns and we won, but then we played Southlake (Carroll)."

Getting knocked out by the top-ranked team in the country is certainly no shame and Dick - who threw for 387 yards and rushed for 111 yards as a sophomore while backing up his brother - is hopeful that Allen can give them a run for the state title next season.

"We have a lot of people on offense coming back and we should be real good," Dick said. "We'll have our receivers coming back, our great running back coming back and we'll only have one or two new people on the offensive line. We should be just fine."

Dick said that there was a lot of excitement around his house when they got word that Casey's redshirt was coming off and he was going to take his first snap of the season in the eight game of the campaign.

"We were all in agreement that he should do it and we were just all so fired up about it and how he played the rest of the season," Dick said. "My dad was just a bundle of energy and was running around saying we can always watch you play on Friday and then go watch him quarterback the Razorbacks on Saturday and how great a time this is going to be."

The only game that Nathan got to see Casey play live was the heartbreaking loss at LSU because he always had film to watch with his team on Saturday mornings.

"Every chance I get to I want to come watch him play," Dick said. "The one game I got to go to this year was the LSU game. All their fans were going crazy and he just hung in there and did really well. I can't wait to get a chance to play college ball in a situation like that."

Although he is getting lots of recruiting interest, Dick - who camped at Arkansas last summer and will again this one - knows he is far from a polished signal caller just yet.

"I need to work my footwork and my speed," Dick said. "I do really well passing and making decisions. I only had three interceptions on the year. I can locate the ball really well. I just want to keep getting better every day."

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