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The Daily Call – April 18, 2014

BY ANDRES FOCIL
The Daily Call – April 18, 2014
Junior Brandon Allen Leads The Way For @RazorbackFB At Quarterback
The Arkansas football team is hard at work in its second spring under head coach Bret Bielema. Junior quarterback Brandon Allen is leading the way after starting 11 games during the 2013 season and has taken over the position. Allen cites confidence as a major difference between the team last spring and this spring.
“It really comes down to confidence, the confidence I have in our team and me being confident and being a leader on this team,” Allen said. “It’s all about confidence and me being able to feed the ball to the playmakers and make as few mistakes as I can and really just being a vocal leader for this team and getting them all fired up.”
Last season, Allen suffered a shoulder injury that persistently bothered him throughout the season. Allen looks forward to returning this season with a clean bill of health.
“I am 100 percent now,” Allen said. “I don’t think I was ever 100 percent last year so it’s huge for me to be able to come to practice and not have to worry about any type of injury nagging me. I love being healthy and I’m excited to stay healthy”.
Coach Bielema has also recognized Allen’s dominance at the quarterback position so far this spring.
“I think B.A. is our No. 1 quarterback,” Coach Bielema said. “He separated himself from our last game to our first two weeks of practice. I just feel that B.A. has competed against the rest of the SEC and there isn’t anybody in our program right now that is at his level. We are really trying to stretch him and make him really understand that, and we’ve got to get him comfortable and press him on.”
Allen is looking forward to showcasing some of the team’s progress during the Red-White Spring Game.
“Fans should keep an eye out for our offense being more explosive than what people think,” Allen said. “I think we’ve been kind of pegged as the ‘run, run, run, play-action pass’ kind of team, but I think we’ll have a few different things that the fans won’t be ready for, different schemes and things that we are working on. I think we’ll be a little more explosive than people think.”
The Red-White Spring Game will be held in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on April 26 and broadcast live on CST. Game time is 1 p.m., and admission is free.
Senior All-American Katherine Grable and freshman Amanda Wellick At NCAA Championships
The 2014 Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Year Katherine Grable and SEC Freshman of the Year Amanda Wellick will both compete in Session II of the 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Championships tonight, in Birmingham, Ala. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the BJCC Convention Center.
For a complete preview of the meet with all of the links you will need to follow along live and meet notes click here.

Lavy’s Last SEC Championship
University of Arkansas senior Emma Lavy leads the fourth-ranked Razorback women’s golf team into the postseason this weekend as she takes part in her final SEC Championship in Birmingham, Ala., Friday-Sunday.
Lavy, who has had a solid senior season, has helped the Razorbacks to a program-best No. 4 ranking in the Golfstat.com rankings. It is the first time in program history the Razorbacks have been the highest-ranked team in the SEC Championship field.
We chatted with Lavy before the tournament and here is her take on the upcoming competition. Click here for the complete interview.
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