August 16, 2013

Offense looks solid in practice and on paper

Arkansas has offensive personnel - from an ability standpoint - to be a competitive unit, but it is still unclear if they have the right mental makeup to win, if offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will make the right calls to put them in position to win or if the defense will keep enough points off the board to allow a methodical offense to stay in the game.

As good as redshirt sophomore quarterback Brandon Allen looked in last Saturday's scrimmage, there are several unknowns with him. How will he do after he takes a helmet to the sternum? Will he be creative and timely in the face of a pass rush? How elusive is he, actually? What's his presence like in a pocket that is quickly collapsing around him? How's the footwork in that type of situation? Will the offensive line protect him? When there's 15 minutes on the clock, will he play his best football of the game?

How will a big play on defense affect the psyche of the young players in the offensive backfield? Will the special teams units play smart? Those questions and plenty more are impossible to answer right now. So, here's what we do know:

Allen has done all he can do in the situations he has been presented during camp. He...

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