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Bret Bielema tweets that QB Brandon Allen is 'back'

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Brandon Allen is back in the Arkansas lineup. (USATSI)
Brandon Allen is back in the Arkansas lineup. (USATSI)
Throughout the week, Bret Bielema played coy on the status of Arkansas starting quarterback Brandon Allen, who suffered a shoulder injury in Week 3 action against Southern Miss and missed last week's loss at Rutgers.

Friday night, Bielema took to Twitter and, well, stopped being coy:

That tweet is very good news for Hog supporters, since the Razorbacks will obviously need all the help they can get Saturday when they host Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M . The Aggies won the 2012 meeting by a 58-10 score in College Station, and come to Fayetteville Saturday as 14-point favorites.

That goes double given that even with A.J. Derby performing steadily in Allen's absence, Allen's early-season performance promises a distinct upgrade. Before going out against the Golden Eagles, Allen had gone 26-for-44 for 8.8 yards an attempt and a 5-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio (albeit largely against UL-Lafayette and Samford).

It may or may not matter against the firepower of the Aggies. But at the very least, Bielema will be able to say his team was capable of giving A&M its best shot.

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