FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore quarterback Rafe Peavey’s decision to transfer to SMU doesn’t really come as a surprise after watching last Saturday’s scrimmage. Ty Storey, a redshirt freshman, and Cole Kelley, a true freshman, took the majority of the second-team snaps, which totaled about 50. While this was happening, Peavey was nowhere in sight.
On Tuesday night, Peavey announced his transfer via Twitter.
Thank you to the state of Arkansas!! pic.twitter.com/4W1rUZokcl
— Rafe Peavey (@IThrowFootballs) August 24, 2016
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said he wanted the majority of the second-team snaps to go to Storey and Kelley to get more of a feel of where they were in their development. He also pointed out in the post-scrimmage news conference that Peavey had been around for three falls, and just because he was doing everything he was asked to do didn’t necessarily mean he was going to be on the two-deep depth chart.
Following Peavey's announcement, Bielema posted a Twitter message expressing his support.
— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) August 24, 2016
Peavey sat behind Brandon Allen last season as a backup alongside current starter Austin Allen. He probably thought he could challenge for the starting job, but those dreams were shattered relatively quickly after Austin Allen was named the starter during spring practice.
Peavey was a three-star dual-threat quarterback out of Bolivar (Mo.) High in the 2014 recruiting class.
Alongside him this fall were two former four-star prospects, Storey and Ricky Town. The numbers were against him to have a shot at the starting job with the addition of Kelley, a three-star prospect. In addition, Arkansas has two more quarterbacks committed, one in the 2017 class and one in the '18 class.
Despite Peavey’s decision to transfer, the Razorbacks' reserve quarterback situation appears to be in good hands. One storyline out of fall camp has been the rapid growth of Kelley. Kelley (6 feet 7, 260 pounds), from Lafayette (La.) Teurlings Catholic, has improved each week since his arrival on campus.
His work ethic and cannon arm put him in the running for the No. 2 spot behind Austin Allen. That says a lot about where he is mentally and physically as a freshman.
What about Town, a one-time Alabama commitment who signed with USC but transferred to Arkansas during his freshman season? He’s running the developmental unit. Coaches say Town just hasn’t been able to grasp the system and still has some areas in which he must improve. That’s not to say Town can’t move up the depth chart in the coming year, but for now he’s the low man on the totem pole.
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