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Low: The redemption of Arkansas QB Brandon Allen

Brandon Allen is Arkansas to the core.

The Hogs' fifth-year senior quarterback grew up in Fayetteville, played his high school football at Fayetteville High School and started watching Hogs' games from the sideline when he was in the first grade, a fringe benefit of his father being an Arkansas assistant coach. Bobby Allen is in his 18th season as a member of Arkansas' staff, and all his middle son has ever known is Woo Pig Sooie.

So maybe all this explains why it cut to the core, for the entire family, when Allen was sledgehammered with the kind of nasty backlash from fans that would bring even the most hardened of NFL veterans to their knees.

Fans trashing Allen on internet message boards and the radio were just part of the ordeal. His truck was egged following a loss to Mississippi State during his sophomore season. That next summer, his truck was set ablaze in the early-morning hours and destroyed, one of three car fires in the area that authorities investigated as arson. His apartment was also broken into last year.

"To play quarterback in this league, you better have thick skin," said Allen, who just happens to be one of the hottest quarterbacks in the country right now. "Fans want success immediately, and they're going to be up and down. But as a quarterback, you can't ride the highs and the lows. You have to keep an even keel, stay level-headed and stay within yourself no matter what's going on around you."

Allen, an Honor Roll student who already has his degree, is quick to take the high road when asked how bad some of the criticism got. He prefers to talk about how far this team has come this season after starting 1-4. The Hogs have won four of their last five, including three in a row, and Allen is on the kind of tear most quarterbacks only dream about.

He's led the Hogs to touchdowns on 14 of their last 20 drives, and they've scored on all five overtime possessions and are 3-for-3 in two-point conversions in the last two overtime wins. Over his last nine quarters of regulation action, he's completed 72.8 percent of his passes for 825 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. The Hogs haven't gone three-and-out with Allen at quarterback in their last 23 drives.

Click here to read more about Allen's road back for Arkansas.