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Arkansas' Allen, Peavey battling for backup QB role after depth struggles last season

  • FILE - In this  Sept. 7, 2013, file photo, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, right, shouts after his team's victory over Samford in an NCAA college football game in Little Rock, Ark. Bielema begins his second season with Arkansas in 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013, file photo, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, right, shouts after his team's victory over Samford in an NCAA college football game in Little Rock, Ark. Bielema begins his second season with Arkansas in 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Nov. 23, 2013, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema walks onto the field in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Little Rock, Ark. After an unsuccessful first season, including nine straight losses to end the season,  Bielema returns for his second year with the Razorbacks in 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

    In this photo taken Nov. 23, 2013, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema walks onto the field in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Little Rock, Ark. After an unsuccessful first season, including nine straight losses to end the season, Bielema returns for his second year with the Razorbacks in 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)  (The Associated Press)

One of Arkansas' most heated, and perhaps most crucial, position battles so far this preseason hasn't even been for a starting spot.

Rather, it's the competition between quarterbacks Austin Allen and Rafe Peavey for the backup spot to starter Brandon Allen that has had the full attention of the coaches and fanbase.

How quickly either Austin Allen or Peavey assert themselves as the clear No. 2 option under center could play a role in how Arkansas rebounds from last season's 3-9 disappointment — a year in which the lack of a high-level backup significantly hampered the Razorbacks.

Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney says Allen is considered the No. 2 quarterback "right now," though the competition is ongoing.

The Razorbacks open the season at Auburn on Aug. 30.