Father's Day Present

University of Arkansas assistant football coach Bobby Allen got an early Father's Day gift this weekend when he had the opportunity to watch his sons Brandon and Austin both quarterback for Fayetteville High in the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament.

LITTLE ROCK - Although there are a lot of positives about being a college football coach, it does cut into the time that you get to see your own sons play.

But University of Arkansas assistant coach Bobby Allen got an early Father's Day gift this weekend with a chance to watch his sons Brandon and Austin play for Fayetteville in the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament.

Those two quarterbacks – one a senior committed to the Razorbacks and the other a sophomore who already has an offer from Tulsa – are part of four Allen kids involved in athletics.

"It is always nice to see my dad and mom in the stands," Brandon Allen said. "They try to make as many games as they can, but when you have four kids and they are all in athletics, it's hard for them to get around a lot."

It is a quarterbacking family seeing as how Bobby was a quarterback as well who played collegiately at Virginia Tech.

"He (Coach Allen) tries to teach us all he knows and some times he is just kind of talking. He knows what he is talking about and that is how I learn how to throw. I never thought I would be quarterback."

Brandon is impressed with his younger brother Austin.

"We are getting him snaps whenever we can so he will be ready if I happen to go down or be ready for this season and for next season when he will take the reins," Allen said. But you might be surprised to know that Brandon thinks is the best of the bunch is the one who is not playing quarterback.

That would be his sister Daniela, who will be an 8th grader next year and is a softball and basketball star.

"I think my sister is the best of all," Brandon said. "…."She wishes (she could play football). She's a softball and basketball player. She used to be mean tennis player, but I don't think she likes tennis anymore."

Brandon, whose older brother Christian is a baseball player at Arkansas-Fort smith, notes his dad does try to impart his wisdom to the kids.

Fayetteville won its pool with a 5-0 mark on Friday and won its first game on Saturday before dropping it final two games to eventual champion Pulaski Academy and runner-up Allen (Texas).

"We started off yesterday really well and won all of our games, but today we just didn't have it I guess," Allen said.

An anticipated match-up between Fayetteville and Shiloh Christian – which would have featured the Arkansas commit and Auburn commit Kiehl Frazier – never materialized.

"You play the games in front of you, but it would have been nice to play Shiloh," Allen said. "Those are always fun games to watch and play in."

Pulaski Academy won the tournament with a 48-14 thrashing of Allen in the championship game.

"The 7-on-7 is great just for the timing with the receivers – that is what I really take out of it," Allen said. "It gives our defense a chance to see a bunch of different passes and those are two big aspects of it."

Allen got to participate in the Dreammaker Camp in California was not selected as one of the seven who moved on to the finals in Maui.

"That was just a lot of fun going against the top quarterbacks in the nation and competing against them and the camaraderie among all the players," Allen said. "Going against everyone in the target contest and the long ball – I pretty much held my own in that. I was second in the long ball. Somebody (Oregon commit Jerrard Randall of Hollywood, Florida) threw it 74 yards, but I was second. I threw it 68."

Allen notes his performance added to his confidence on the field and that he feels good about his leadership.

"I always try to be a good leader," Allen said. "Quarterbacks basically have to be good leaders for their team because everyone looks for them on the field. You have to be a natural leader at the quarterback position."

Allen is one of 10 Razorback commits in the 2011 class, a group with which the quarterback finds himself impressed.

"I think we have a great class with (Fayetteville tight end) Demetrius (Dean), (Springdale offensive lineman Mitch) Smothers, (Forrest City wideout Davyon) Sleepy (McKinney) – who was in camp," Allen said. "I am excited about the ones we have coming to Arkansas."


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