Arkansas to decide on backup quarterback role in near future

It’s already known that senior Austin Allen will again start at quarterback for Arkansas in 2017. What’s not known, however, is who will serve as his backup at the position.

That, though, should change soon as Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema told reporters after Saturday’s scrimmage that the choice should be made sooner rather than later.

Bielema said that a “big personnel meeting” would be held Sunday afternoon, where the backup role could presumably be decided. Either redshirt sophomore Ty Storey or redshirt freshman Cole Kelley are expected to win it.

“Two weeks out of from the game, I think we should have an idea of who that guy is in the packing order,” said Bielema, who will begin his fifth season as Arkansas coach when the Razorbacks host Florida A&M in Little Rock in their season opener on Aug. 31.

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During Saturday’s scrimmage, Storey went 2 of 4 passing for 22 yards and an interception; Kelley completed 4 of 6 passes for 48 yards.

Both Storey and Kelley worked with the second-team offense before shifting to the first team in the second half while Allen sat out.

“I thought Cole Kelley in particular threw the ball extremely well,” Bielema said. “He created some plays, extended some plays when some things broke down around him.

“I thought Ty Storey through the course of the week was a little bit more productive and still did some good things today. Those guys continue to battle it out. We’ve got a great decision on our hands in there. I feel really good where we are at.”

Last season, Storey was the primary backup quarterback behind Allen.

Other quarterbacks on Arkansas’ roster are redshirt freshmen walk-ons Carson Proctor and Jack Lindsey – both of whom Bielema calls “very talented” – and true freshman Daulton Hyatt.

Allen threw for 3,430 yards, 25 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last season. He had a 61.1 completion percentage.

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