New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema knows what he wants out of the two men vying for the Razorbacks’ starting quarterback spot — dedication:
“The more reps and the more time — they’ve got to be junkies. Quarterbacks have got to be those guys that are always last out of there and always asking to do more. And I think we’re getting that culture more and more.”
Brandon Allen continues to run with the first string while Brandon Mitchell toils with the backup unit. It sounds like Bielema is expecting more from Allen than from Mitchell. “There’s just some urgency (Allen) needs to get. I was all over his tail (in practice). There was a snap where we had a positive third-and-short but our wide receiver wasn’t quite lined up and an itchy official could have flagged us there. I said ‘It’s your responsibility.’ He’s got to dictate those other 10 guys that are in his control and be very aware of that situation. He can do it.”
Bielema added that Mitchell “continue to impress” him. “He’s got a gamesmanship to him. He’s got a little rhythm. He’s got a little fire in him. He’s a great competitor.”
Allen, who’ll be a sophomore in the fall, completed 21 of 49 pass attempts for 186 yards at Arkansas last season. He tossed three interceptions to his one touchdown. Mitchell, a senior-to-be, has completed 25 of 43 career attempts for 332 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. He was moved to receiver during the 2012 season.