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Brandon Allen Having Productive Summer

Razorback QB Brandon Allen has his plate full as he prepares for the start of August Camp.
As he prepares for his second season as the Razorbacks' starting quarterback Brandon Allen is not only working to improve the entire offense, he has personal goals to achieve was well.

Last month Allen spent his own money to work with quarterback guru Chris Weinke at the noted IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Improving Allen's mechanics is just one part of the process of taking a 3-9 football team to its stated goal of reaching a bowl in Bret Bielema's second season at the University of Arkansas. Reaching that goal goes beyond any personal improvments Allen may make.

"The team that we field around our starting quarterback, he's got to have confidence in them which allows him to play a little bit better," Bielema noted.

Allen is looking for a total team effort, telling reporters that the difference was obvious when everybody was clicking last season. "When we have everyone working together and everyone doing the right thing on every single play we're tough to stop, Allen explained."

Better pass protection and an improved running game will help but the biggest focus this summer is within a receiving corp that let Allen down in 2013 according to Bielema. Nobody knows that better than junior receiver Keon Hatcher who is determined to emerge as a much more consistent part of the offense in 2014.

"It's tough because B.A.'s my boy," Hatcher said of the struggles within the receiving corp last season. "We're going to continue to work. Continue to get better. I want to work on everything from my footwork, to my speed, to my catching, to my route running, to watching film, to the mental part of the game. I just want to get better as an overall player."

What has Hatcher and the rest of the receivers excited this summer is the promise of an expanded playbook. In year one under Bielema offensive coordinator Jim Chaney's offense was limited. During the spring of 2014 Chaney installed phase two of the playbook, something the fans won't see until Arkansas' season opener against Auburn.

"We put in a lot of new things throughout spring," Allen acknowledged. "We didn't really showcase that in the (spring) game but we put in a lot of new things that we're clicking on and I think as a whole offense we just made huge strides."

Allen also welcomed a new addition to the summer workouts currently underway.  Miami, Florida (Northwestern) receiver Joseph Robinson may be the deep threat the Hogs need to stretch opposing defenses this fall. Also, under a SEC guidelines, coaches are able to work with the players on the field for two hours per week during the summer.


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