Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen has small hands – small for an NFL quarterback, anyway. Allen’s hands measured at 8.5 at the Senior Bowl. Not tiny, but certainly not huge.
Then Allen got an offer he couldn’t refuse.
“Where I was training (for the Combine), there was a masseuse there that gave massages, and after the Senior Bowl he told me, ‘Hey, I can do some massages for your hands. Let’s see if we can’t get a half an inch on it or so,’” Allen recalled on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I said, ‘Why not? Let’s do it.’ I actually measured at the combine at 8-and-7/8, so I pretty much almost got a half an inch on there.”
Allen’s hand muscles were apparently tight, so the masseuse did a lot of work between his thumb and pointer finger.
“It worked,” Allen said. “If that helped me get on a couple more draft boards because of the hand size, that’s kind of what I was going for. It’s not ever affected how I throw the ball or any of that. I was just doing it because everyone said it was small, and I was seeing if I could just get on one or two more teams’ draft boards. I wouldn’t say (my hands are) huge, but I’ve never had a problem with them. I don’t know how it would be a big issue anymore.”
Allen, who could be a third-round pick or go undrafted, was also asked about Jim Harbaugh taking his players to Bradenton, Florida, to practice during Michigan’s spring break. It seems like an obvious recruiting tool – at least to Gottlieb – but Allen doesn’t think it will be very fruitful.
“They can try, but I think all the players know down here that everyone wants to play SEC football,” said Allen, a Fayetteville, Arkansas, native. “They don’t want to go up and play at Michigan and all that. They can try and recruit all they want. They might get the occasional person here and there, but SEC is football is where it’s at. It’s the top competition and I think year in and year out there’s always the most solid teams. That’s where players want to play. That’s what I wanted to play coming out of high school. I wanted to play against the best. That’s definitely SEC ball.”