Bret Bielema on QB Austin Allen: Needs to be fully functional vs. opponent like Alabama

Arkansas is a 31.5-point underdog against No. 1 Alabama this Saturday. Making matters worse, QB Austin Allen has been working his way back from an injury, but coach Bret Bielema sounds optimistic.

Allen suffered a setback to his throwing shoulder that took him out of last week’s 48-22 loss to South Carolina, leading to freshman QB Cole Kelley getting some playing time in the fourth quarter.

On Thursday night during his weekly On the Air with Bret Bielema radio show, the Hogs coach implied Allen is in position to play for the Razorbacks.

“My guess is he’ll give it a go and we’ll work our way through that first half and see where we’re at,” Bielema said, via Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “He’s earned so much and to play in this game is a big deal for him. We’ll continue to move and see where he’s at on game day.”

Allen went 12-of-24 passing for 84 yards, a TD and a pick returned 34 yards for a score by South Carolina’s Skai Moore.

“I think the biggest thing we have to [consider] is, yes, he might be cleared to play, but how effective?” Bielema said. “This isn’t like you’re playing some of the other teams on our schedule. This is a team obviously where you need to be fully functional and see where it’s at.”

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