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Beau Allen Impresses in his Kentucky Debut


The Big Blue Nation is hopping on the Beau Allen hype train.

The true freshman quarterback from Lexington Catholic made his UK debut Saturday afternoon at Kroger Field. As soon as Allen entered the game in the fourth quarter, he was slinging it. His first completion was on his first attempt, a 14-yard pass to another four-star true freshman, Michael Drennen.

On there next play, Allen dropped in a beautiful pass to Keaton Upshaw on the far sideline. It looked like there was no way the Wildcat was coming down with it, but Upshaw dropped a toe down for a 20-yard reception. Allen went long one more time on the next play, but under-threw Isaiah Epps.

“When we were up 17, I felt like it was really important to get Beau in the game,” Mark Stoops said after the game. “Instead of going to our normal ground and pound, we felt like we probably could have done that. Obviously the series before, we ripped off a big run and were getting physical and starting to run. I just felt like it was important for our program to get Beau some reps and throw the ball around a little bit. We’re not in that opportunity too many times. Certainly I didn’t want it to get that close. I probably would have been crucified had they gotten that onside kick and come back but again, I wanted to continue to push the program forward. So, I did feel like the game was in control.”

In the true freshman’s only drive he showed poise in the pocket, unafraid to let it rip. He completed 3-of-5 passes for 40 yards and gave the Big Blue Nation plenty of reasons to believe the future of Kentucky’s passing game is in good hands.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

13 Comments for Beau Allen Impresses in his Kentucky Debut

  1. makeitstop
    4:05 pm November 14, 2020 Permalink

    Yea he’s an actual QB. That’s what a good freshman QB is supposed to look. Terry is not a QB.

    • makeitstop
      4:06 pm November 14, 2020 Permalink

      And btw I know TW had a “good” game and worked hard to come back and all that – not taking away from him and not a “hater” but in the SEC if u can’t pass reliably u can’t win.

    • ukkatzfan
      12:45 am November 15, 2020 Permalink

      Saying Terry is not a qb, you are a hater. You may be a hater in denial, but youre still a hater.

    • Bluenblood
      7:00 pm November 14, 2020 Permalink

      Eddie is probably not capable of developing a QB……out of his wheelhouse

    • makeitstop
      9:08 am November 15, 2020 Permalink

      No ukkatz, I’m not a hater, but I am an observer. Good SEC teams have QBs who can pass effectively the whole game, not for a drive or two. Terry can win a game w his legs and he’s very explosive when he gets loose but he can lose a game with sacks, missed throws, and putting the ball on the turf, and that’s a chronic problem for him. They can win a game or two. They can’t win game in and game out without a capable QB who can hit a receiver in stride, on time, regularly. Gatewood may be that guy and has physical tools to be a load to bring down but Allen is clearly a composed, capable QB with promise… more promise then anyone we’ve had in maybe 25 years to compete in the SEC.

    • CatfaninCinci
      12:23 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

      UKKatz is a Kool Aid drinker. You must not question anything Gran or Stoops says, or anyone they start, when its clear they are deficient.

      Terry cannot throw intermediate routes and his long ball is inaccurate. It’s not being a hater to state facts.

  2. UKinIN
    4:08 pm November 14, 2020 Permalink

    It was weird seeing Allen try to identify the defense and pointing out pickups. I hope Gran can beat that out of him.

    • makeitstop
      4:18 pm November 14, 2020 Permalink

      Yea and teach him happy feet

    • WKY Cat
      5:40 pm November 14, 2020 Permalink

      UKinIN that’s good stuff right there! Lmao

    • CatfaninCinci
      12:25 pm November 16, 2020 Permalink

      hahahaha… Best sarcasm I’ve read in a while.

  3. EastKY-BlueBlood
    7:45 pm November 14, 2020 Permalink

    Ppl forget at Cincy Gran had record breaking spread offenses throwing for tons of yards.. Got here, we didn’t have a QB.. They have dived so far into this offense, it’s hard to imagine any other scenario. Lol I luv what I see from Allen though.. Be nice to see a good mix of the hard nose SEC ground n pound run game, with pa passing, rpo, and shotgun looking to spread the field..

  4. oldfanallin
    10:14 pm November 14, 2020 Permalink

    I will always wonder how Shannon Dawson would have done with a healthy Drew Barker and how the program/offensive philosophy would have evolved with success in a balanced attack. Much of what we have seen is due to personnel limitations. Personnel dictate how you play which then affects recruiting and it is hard to break out of that loop.
    I hope Beau and the new receivers can help Stoops broaden the offense.

    • CahillsCrossingNT
      5:01 am November 15, 2020 Permalink

      oldfanallin Stoops won’t let the offense loose. He’s been through three OCs and has proven to be very conservative. That won’t change.