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Arkansas Quarterback Brandon Allen Should Not Be Judged Yet

This is an excerpt of a column written for Sporting Life Arkansas. You can read it in its entirety here.

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Whenever the subject of Arkansas Razorbacks football has come up this spring/summer, the conversation — without fail — has turned into an evaluation of sophomore quarterback Brandon Allen.

What we’re supposed to judge him on, I’m not sure.

We know Brandon Allen is the starter entering the summer. We know even more pressure is on him now that Brandon Mitchell is gone and Allen has no real competition to push him this summer.

Can he handle it?

Hard to say. What I will say is that we can’t possibly judge Allen fairly at this time.

Allen’s career statistics aren’t much. He appeared in five games, tossing three interceptions and just one touchdown. He got the bulk of his work in a 52-0 blowout loss to Alabama in which he split time with Mitchell. Against the eventual national champions, Allen completed 10 of 18 passes for 60 yards and a pair of interceptions.

No, those numbers aren’t awe-inspiring. Nor are they defining of Allen as a quarterback.

Using his 42.9 percent completion rate in 2012 to determine what Allen will do in 2012? No thanks.

Read the rest of the column here