A hard-nosed, fifth-year running back who missed all of 2005 rehabilitating a knee injury suffered at the end of 2004 ... was a significant contributor in each of his first three years, but was deemed recovered entering 2006 and saw action in all 13 games that year... played in 45 games during his career, including 17 starts, all at running back ... a good north-south runner with breakaway speed ... a 2006 Brian Piccolo Award nominee for his comeback after his career-threatening knee injury ... catches the ball well out of the backfield ... ranks ninth in school history on the career rushing yards chart (1,958) ... also ranks tied for sixth on the Terps' career rushing touchdowns list (21) and sixth on the total touchdowns chart with 25 (four receiving) ... averaged 4.6 yards per carry for his career ... had five career 100-yard rushing games which ranks tied for eighth in school history ... a 2004 Iron Terp who posted a 355-pound bench, 565-pound squat and 4.49 time in the 40-yard dash ... did not test in 2005 due to injury.
2006 (Senior): Played in all 13 games as a reserve running back ... third-leading rusher on the team with 98 yards on the ground ... caught two touchdown passes and threw for another ... earned the A.V. Williams Award for Outstanding and Conspicuous Sportsmanship ... (vs. PU in Champs Sports Bowl) ... played but did not record any statistics ... (vs. WF) ... played but did not record any statistics ... (vs. BC) ... threw for a touchdown on his first career pass, a halfback option from nine yards out ... rushed four times for 12 yards ... (vs. Miami) ... carried three times for 13 yards, and recorded a catch for three yards ... (vs. FSU) ... rushed five times for 18 yards and caught one pass for nine yards ... (vs. NC St.) ... caught a 4-yard touchdown pass and had a 3-yard rush ... with the rush, he moved into eighth on the Maryland career-rushing list ... (vs. FIU) ... caught three passes for a season-high 43 yards, including a 21-yard catch for the first touchdown of the game ... the TD was his first since injuring his knee in 2004 ... also rushed a season-high nine times for 17 yards ... (vs. WVU) ... rushed twice for six yards ... (vs. MT) ... rushed twice for one yard ... (vs. W&M) ... rushed six times for a season-high 25 yards ... had a 14 yard run to close out the first quarter ... caught two passes.
2005 (Senior): Injured his knee prior to the season ... earned a medical redshirt.
2004 (Junior): Played in all 11 games at running back, starting nine ... finished the season second on the team with 533 rushing yards and a team-high tying five TDs ... also caught eight passes for 96 yards and a touchdown ... (vs. WFU) ... rushed 18 times for 74 yards and a touchdown ... went off left tackle and bounced outside for a 13-yard touchdown run in the first quarter ... left the game in the second quarter with an injured knee ... dislocated his left knee, tearing the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligament ... (vs. FSU) ... had a season-high 121 total yards, including a career-best 98 receiving yards, and a touchdown ... took a swing pass, sidestepped a defender, then beat three Seminoles to the end zone for a 72-yard, second-half TD -- the biggest play of the season for the Terps ... the play was the team's longest from scrimmage of the season and Pontiac's nominee for National Play of the Week ... (at Duke) ... had 15 carries for 87 yards (5.8 avg.) and a TD ... touchdown came on a five-yard rush off right tackle at the beginning of the fourth quarter ... (vs. NIU) ... carried the ball 22 times for 102 yards and one TD ... carried the ball on all four plays of the Terps' first scoring drive of the second half, finishing the drive with 24 yards and capping it with a one-yard touchdown run.
2003 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games, starting eight ... ranked sixth in the ACC with 70.9 rushing yards per game ... led Maryland with eight rushing touchdowns and 922 yards (No. 11 on the Terps single-season list) ... had three 100-yard rushing games ... (at NCSU) ... averaged 6.3 yards per carry, finishing with 144 rushing yards on 23 attempts ... longest run of the game was 32 yards but his 28-yard scamper up the sideline (on first-and-21 from the 11) was one of the key plays in the Terps' comeback ... run came on the Terps' final touchdown drive ... added a 25-yard reception on a screen pass in the second quarter to gain a first down ... (vs. UVa) ... named ACC Offensive Back of the Week ... had an incredible performance, rushing for a career-high 257 yards on a career-best 38 carries with two touchdowns ... 257-yard day was the 11th-best in ACC history and the third-best single-game rushing performance in Maryland history behind only LaMont Jordan's 306 yards against Virginia in 1999 and Bruce Perry's 276 yards vs. Wake Forest in 2001 ... it was also the second-best rushing day in the ACC (eighth-best nationally) in 2003 ... 38 rushing attempts in the game stands as the fifth-highest total in a single game in Terp history ... second touchdown came on an 80-yard run in the second quarter when he bounced off right tackle and outran the Virginia defenders downfield to the end zone ... run was the longest of his career ... (vs. UNC) ... had a career-long reception for 43 yards and his first career-receiving touchdown on a screen pass from Scott McBrien in the second quarter ... ran for a touchdown in the second quarter on a 5-yard play as he banged his way up the middle to the end zone ... (at EMU) ... finished with 71 yards on 18 rushing attempts and three receptions for 31 yards ... scored two rushing touchdowns ... second touchdown run of the game featured a stiff-arm of the linebacker on the way to an 8-yard score ... (vs. WVU) ... gained 54 yards on 16 rushing attempts ... showed good awareness by catching a pass which deflected off Jo Jo Walker for a gain of 18 yards in the first quarter... scored a touchdown in the second quarter ... (vs. The Citadel) ... finished with 136 yards on 11 rushing attempts ... sprinted off left tackle for a 72-yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the game ... also had a 28-yard reception that came in the second quarter after he broke two tackles ... (at NIU) ... had 67 yards on 20 rushing attempts ... scored the Terps' first offensive touchdown of the season on a one-yard run in the first quarter.
2002 (Freshman): Saw action in eight games ... finished the season second on the team in rushing yards (405) and TDs (eight) despite missing five games ... averaged a robust 6.8 yards per carry ... tackled for a loss only twice on 60 carries ... (at UNC) ... had six carries for 91 yards (15.6 avg.) with two touchdowns ... scored the Terps' final two TDs of the game with a 2-yard run in the third quarter and a 60-yard jaunt in the fourth quarter ... (at Duke) ... had two carries for 16 yards, including an 11-yard TD run in the second quarter ... left the game with a sprained left wrist ... (at WVU) ... had a team and season-high 116 yards on 16 carries, while also adding two TDs ... named ACC Rookie of the Week for his play ... broke through two tackles to score the second Maryland touchdown of the day, a 70-yard run in the first quarter ... became the first Terp freshman to run for over 100 yards since 1998 ... had first career catch for five yards ... (vs. Wofford) ... posted 63 yards rushing on 14 carries ... scored two rushing touchdowns (1 and 10 yards) ... had 38 yards rushing and a touchdown in the fourth quarter alone ... (vs. EMU) ... saw the first action of his collegiate career and led the Terps in rushing with 86 yards on 10 carries ... scored his first career TD on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter.
High School: A three-year letterwinner and 2002 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md. ... highly rated running back who was named a SuperPrep All-American following his senior season ... rated 34th among the nation's running backs by SuperPrep ... one of the state of Maryland's top high school prospects ... totaled 2,999 rushing yards his junior and senior seasons ... a consensus all-state selection who was named second team All-Met by The Washington Post in 2001 ... named first team all-league and first team all-county ... a powerful back with outstanding speed, he rushed for 1,771 yards and 21 touchdowns on just 129 carries (13.7 average) as a senior despite missing three games with a bruised knee ... caught nine passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns ... helped Roosevelt to a 12-1 record, a state Class 4A runner-up finish and a final Associated Press state ranking of No. 7 ... as a junior in 2000, he rushed for 1,228 yards and 14 touchdowns in a wing-T offensive attack ... had three TD catches among his six receptions ... named second team all-state and second team all-county ... an outstanding track athlete who was the 2001 state Class 4A champion in the 100 meters (10.8) and the Prince George's County champion in the triple jump and long jump as a junior ... ran on the winning 4x200 relay team at the Nike New Balance Games in January of 2002, posting a time of 1:28.62 (the 10th-fastest high school indoor mark ever, according to Track & Field News) ... also recruited by Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Georgia ... high school coach was Rick Houchens.
Personal: Joshua Allen was born June 11, 1983 ... son of Leonard Allen ... graduated in Dec. 2006 with a degree in kinesiology ... relocated to Bladensburg, Md., from Tampa, Fla., after his sophomore year of high school when his father was transferred for job-related reasons.
Allen's Career Statistics
Rushing G-GS Att. Gain Lost Net Avg. TD LP 2002 8-0 60 407 2 405 6.8 8 70 2003 13-8 186 957 35 922 5.0 8 80 2004 11-9 144 577 44 533 3.7 5 28 2005 DNP-injured 2006 13-0 33 109 11 98 3.0 0 14 Career 45-17 423 2,050 92 1,958 4.6 21 80
Receiving G-GS Rec Yds Avg TD LP 2002 8-0 3 8 2.7 0 5 2003 13-8 14 220 15.7 1 43 2004 11-9 8 96 12.0 1 72 2005 DNP-injured 2006 13-0 8 59 7.4 2 21 Career 45-17 33 383 11.6 4 72