Concern at QB: Arkansas
Brandon Allen, like the term or not, is the quintessential game manager. The junior was very efficient for Arkansas in 2014, rarely putting his team in bad situations.
Allen will return in 2015 as a senior and has solid talent behind him in his brother, Austin, and newcomer Ty Storey.
How will the Razorbacks’ quarterback situation look in 2015?
2014 quarterback: Brandon Allen, 2285 yards, 20 touchdowns, 56 percent completion percentage
2015 favorite: Allen, a rising senior, will return as the starter in 2015
Others involved: Austin Allen, rising redshirt sophomore, Ty Storey, incoming freshman
Level of concern (1-10): 2 — Allen is secure in his starter role, barring injury or regression. The junior is efficient and often works off high percentage throws. That said, you’d like to see his completion percentage get over the 60 percent threshold, closer to 65 percent, seeing as the majority of his throws are within 10 to 18 yards. The Fayetteville product was good with the football in 2014, throwing 20 touchdowns to just five interceptions.
When it will be decided: Spring practice. Allen will enter the spring the starter and barring any kind of setback, he’ll enter fall camp as the unquestioned leader.
Biggest ally: Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins. The Hogs return two 1,000-yard backs from a dominant run game to compliment Allen and a host of skill position weapons. Head coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney relied on a punishing run game in 2014, and if Williams and Collins can stay healthy, the Hogs are positioned to be a dark horse in the SEC West in 2015.