FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas football team wrapped up its 2014 spring practices Saturday with the Red-White Spring Game in front of 30,000 fans at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
After the game, junior quarterback Brandon Allen recapped his performance during the spring, how the team improved over 15 practices and looked toward the summer.
What did you do during spring practices to take control of the starting quarterback battle?"I think having a year under my belt playing in the SEC, things were slowing down for me at practice. I’m also trying to take on more leadership, and I think that helped me a lot. It came down to experience, and I was a lot more comfortable back there."
How did you improve this spring?"I worked on different parts of my game. I focused on throwing with a better base, not getting high and overstriding on some of my throws. I worked on a lot of technical parts of my game, and I think the little, nitpicky things are what helped me the most."
What are you focusing on moving into summer workouts?"I want to get with Coach Herbert in his program and get bigger, faster, stronger and be in the best shape going into fall camp. I’m ready for that to happen. As an offense, without our coaches being there, I’m looking forward to us stepping up and being able to run our own practices in the summer and be accountable to each other."
What did the offense accomplish this spring?"As a unit, I think we started clicking a lot better. We started understanding different aspects of what our offense entails. I think as an offense we came a long way understanding route structures and what we want to accomplish on certain routes between the quarterbacks and wide receivers. The offensive line was just big and physical, moving people and protecting people. They’ve always done a good job with that. The biggest improvement we wanted to make was in the passing game."
How is the team different going coming out of its second spring practices under head coach Bret Bielema?"I think we are in a better spot. The biggest reason for that is the familiarity and comfort level we have with our coaches. As an offense, getting that whole year with the coaches and not have anybody leave was good for us because everyone is comfortable with what’s going on. I think the defense is coming together and growing in the new defense they are installing."