Two back to back late 1st quarter passes by Brandon Allen illustrate perfectly how and why he's struggling as a quarterback in SEC. The 25 yard bullet to an open receiver takes the Hogs to the Alabama 40. Allen comes right back at Henry again but this time the freshmen tight end is double covered and for the 4th straight conference game the Hogs sophomore QB is picked off.
"It's been our Achilles heel is getting those turnovers," says Allen, "We really can't let that happen if we want to stay in a lot of games. That's something we're really working on is ball security and better decisions on my part."
Some positive light, Allen did throw the ball more against Alabama than he had in games past, regardless of the pick. He was able to move the chains, and when he did make a completion, like the one he completed to Hunter Henry for 25 yards, he looked good.
The Hogs didn't seen any of that against South Carolina. So do you call that progress?
"You pull out 25 plays in this game and you think, boy, we look like a pretty good team but the other several plays we didn't look very good. We're just not executing the way we need to at that standard to be able to compete against a team like Alabama." adds Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Jim Chaney.
So the big question remains to be, Is Brandon Allen the one for the job?
There are times when it looks like he is, there are other times where he just doesn't look the part. What Allen really needs to win back the confidence, maybe not all but some, of the Razorback fan base is an interception free game. A game he makes more completions than incompletions, and keeps the offense confident, not hesitant.