Arkansas offensive coordinator diagnoses Austin Allen's recent accuracy problems
Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos believes opposing pass rushers are causing quarterback Austin Allen’s recent drop-off in accuracy. Enos told Whole Hog Sports that the junior has been lowering his eyes when facing pressure, particularly during last week’s 38-10 loss to LSU, which has caused his recent struggles.
“I think that’s what he did a little bit Saturday night,” Enos said. “We’ve got to get back to being comfortable, being confident, being poised. That’s not just him, that’s the whole group.”
Allen was sacked three times against LSU, bringing Arkansas’ season total of sacks allowed to 24. Allen had completed 67.6 percent of his passes through his first five games before dropping to a former season-low 52.1 against Alabama on Oct. 8. Since then, he has thrown for less than 60 percent in each game, including a recent season-worst 48.4 in Week 11.
But tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. credits Allen for his early play and hopes the quarterback can improve in his final two regular season games.
“Austin’s had a really good year for us,” Lunney said. “A really good year. We’re sitting at 6-4, bowl eligible. There’s a lot of guys on the team that had a lot to do with that, but none probably had anything more to do with it than Austin, the way he’s played for us. Hopefully he’ll continue to do that down the stretch.”