Brandon Allen was thrown to the elephants during the 2012 season.
He was brought in during the second half of the Louisiana-Monroe game during Week 2 when Tyler Wilson sustained his injury. He followed up that loss with a disappointing first start against Alabama the following week in which the Razorbacks failed to score a single point.
Allen was rated one of the best high school quarterbacks in the country during his senior year at Fayetteville High School. He is the kind of quarterback that former head coach Bobby Petrino loved to recruit. Allen stays in the pocket and throws the football, like Wilson.
But Bielema has not traditionally run his offenses that way, and after this season the program and its fans are looking to move forward in a different direction.
Allen has the experience of the Alabama game, which can only help him in his development process. But if his skill set doesn’t match what Bielema wants to bring to the Razorbacks’ offense, he will find himself lower in the depth chart than in 2012.