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.
Beau Allen’s first completion as a Wildcat. pic.twitter.com/7gWkGtOv4Z
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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.