In the weeks leading up the seventh annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 20 at the Rose Bowl Stadium, we will profile 10 draft-eligible players who have committed to play in the prestigious all-star game. Today’s feature is on Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen.
Austin Allen’s tenure at Arkansas might not have played out as he had initially imagined, but when looking back at his career, the quarterback delivered when healthy. After biding his time for the first two years, Allen emerged onto the college football scene during his junior year, displaying a vast array of physical tools whenever the ball was in his hands.
Allen showed that his time on the sideline allowed him to mature as a quarterback, starting with the second game of his third year. The Razorbacks went to TCU to take on the then-15th ranked Horned Frogs, and Austin Allen was not fazed in the slightest.
Down eight points and with just over two minutes remaining, Allen didn’t flinch. He calmly led Arkansas down the field in a minute, throwing both a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game. Once the game headed to overtime, Allen calmly put the Razorbacks on his back. He threw the touchdown to take the first points in the extended period, and in double OT, he ran it in himself for a 5-yard touchdown that sealed the victory.
That TCU game would just be the start for Allen. The performance kicked off a four-game stretch where he would throw for 10 touchdowns without an interception and eclipsed 350 yards passing in two of those games. Overall, he threw for 18 scores in his first seven games of the season, leading Arkansas to five wins along the way.
Allen’s efforts would culminate in a Belk Bowl appearance for Arkansas, where he threw for 278 yards, two touchdowns, and also ran for another score.
His senior year hit a temporary snag when the gunslinger suffered a shoulder injury. But he quickly returned to form by the close of the regular season. A fantastic game between Arkansas and Missouri would allow Allen to show his stuff, as he put up 313 yards, two passing touchdowns, and a rushing score before ultimately falling 48-45. Despite the loss, efforts like this make it clear that Allen left it all on the field during his time at Arkansas.