FAYETTEVILLE - The phrase goes "no one on the team is more popular than back-up quarterback."
Arkansas, at least, has one officially now.
Ty Storey was officially named the No. 2 on the Razorbacks roster Wednesday by coach Bret Bielema before his luncheon at the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club. It remains to be seen if the adage about him holds true. He's never played a down of college football.
Offensive coordinator Dan Enos ultimately gave the backbone reason why Storey won the job.
"I think at the end of the day, it comes down to having confidence in that when you call something, that they’re going to execute it," Enos said.
Storey's naming came less than 24 hours after one of his competitors for the job, Rafe Peavey, announced his decision to transfer to Southern Methodist. Peavey did not play during the team's final fall-camp scrimmage Saturday as Storey, a redshirt freshman, took a majority of the second-team reps with freshman Cole Kelley.
Storey will back-up junior Austin Allen, named the starter early in spring camp. Allen himself has only 19 career pass attempts. But with the experience and high-end talent elsewhere, the anticipation is Arkansas will have one of the best offenses in the Southeastern Conference.
At least now, for Arkansas and Storey both, it's one less thing ahead of next Saturday's opener against Louisiana Tech.
It had been a while since Bielema had garnered some national attention for saying one of his usual outlandish and/or funny nuggets. That changed Wednesday.
Bielema was talking about Arkansas' schedule and mentioned this year's game with Texas Christian (in Fort Worth, September 10) and he noted TCU will come to Arkansas in 2017 for the return game of a home-and-home. Unless, of course, something happens like what happened this summer.
“Great opportunity for us to play one of the best teams in college football over there,” Bielema said. “Neat thing is they’re coming here next year … unless they Michigan us.”
Michigan dropped Arkansas from its in July in order to pick up Notre Dame. The Wolverines and Razorbacks were scheduled to play a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019.
Another One Gone
Cornerback Cornelius Floyd will transfer from the team, Bielema said Wednesday before the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club luncheon.
Floyd, a junior, was about the seventh cornerback in the depth chart, when all players were healthy, for Arkansas going into the season. Bielema said he was working with Floyd on finding a destination.
He is the second Razorbacks cornerback to be lost for the upcoming season following sophomore Britto Tutt's torn anterior cruciate ligament last week. Arkansas most often plays three cornerbacks at a time. The first unit is Jared Collins, Henre' Toliver and Kevin Richardson. The second unit is DJ Dean (currently nursing a hamstring injury), Ryan Pulley and walk-on Byron Keaton.
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