A four-year defensive back who started at strong safety as a senior ... saw significant action on special teams his first three seasons and increased time in the secondary in 2007 ... a durable, athletic player with a nose for the ball ... solid tackler ... played in every game (50) during his four seasons ... earned Iron Terps status his final three springs.
As a Senior (2008): Started all 13 games at strong safety ... served as the quarterback of the secondary ... also saw plenty of action on special teams ... ranked fifth on the team in tackles (66) ... ranked 15th in the ACC among defensive backs in tackles (5.1 pg) ... his three pass breakups were tied for fourth on the team ... posted the 15th-highest strength index on the team (third among DBs) in spring testing ... made first career start vs. Delaware (8/30) ... tied for team lead with a career-high nine tackles, including a career-best seven solo stops, vs. MTSU (9/6) ... also posted his first career tackle for loss against MTSU ... contributed six tackles and his first PBU of the season vs. Cal (9/13) ... equaled his career high with nine tackles at Clemson (9/27), setting a career best for tackles in a season in the process ... had five tackles and a crucial PBU during the final series vs. North Carolina (11/15) ... graded out as the top DB vs. the Tar Heels. ... had six stops vs. Florida State (11/22) ... posted his first career interception and a pass breakup vs. Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl (12/30).
As a Junior (2007): Played in all 13 games in a reserve role at safety and posted 28 tackles ... saw his role increase as the season progressed ... played on all four special teams units ... posted the 14th-highest strength index on the team (fourth among DBs) in spring testing ... (vs. Villanova) ... played in a reserve roll and recorded three tackles ... (vs. WVU) ... played and recorded two tackles ... (vs. WF) ... had three tackles ... saw his most extensive career action to date in the secondary (22 plays) ... (vs. Rutgers) ... had one tackle ... (vs. GT) ... forced a Tashard Choice fumble in the second quarter, ending a potential scoring drive for the Jackets ... recorded four tackles ... (vs. UVA) ... had two tackles ... (vs. Clemson) ... made a season-high six tackles ... in on a season-high 40 defensive snaps ... (vs. FSU) ... recorded five tackles, including a season-high three solo stops ... (vs. NCSU) ... had one tackle ... (vs. OSU, Emerald Bowl) ... played but did not record any stats.
As a Sophomore (2006): Saw action in all 13 games as a reserve defensive back and special teams performer ... (vs. MT) ... recorded one tackle and his first career pass breakup ... (vs. WVU) ... posted a season-high four tackles, including a season-best two solo stops ... (vs. GT) ... notched one assisted tackle ... (vs. UVA) ... posted one solo tackle ... (vs. NCSU) ... recorded one tackle ... (vs. FSU) ... had one tackle ... (vs. Clemson) ... notched one solo tackle ... (vs. BC) ... matched a season high with two solo stops ... (vs. PU, Champs Sports Bowl) ... played but did not record any statistics.
As a Freshman (2005): Played in all 11 games, primarily on special teams (kick coverage) ... recorded eight tackles (four solo) ... (vs. Navy) ... finished with one tackle in the first game of his career ... (vs. Clemson) ... lone tackle came when he took out the legs of KR Duane Coleman on opening kickoff.
At DeMatha High School: A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter ... a versatile athlete who played tailback and safety, as well as returning kicks ... rushed 133 times for 1,128 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior ... averaged 106.3 yards per game and 8.5 yards per carry ... also recorded 54 tackles and four interceptions ... rushed for 85 yards and two TDs in WCAC championship game ... ran for over 800 yards with eight touchdowns as a junior ... a consensus first team all-state pick as a defensive back ... first team All-Metro (Washington Post), All-WCAC and all-county ... selected to play in the Good Samaritan Bowl all-star game ... named to George Michael's Golden 11 team ... a SuperPrep All-American ... an All-East Region selection by PrepStar ... team won state his last two years and was 22-1 in that time ... also lettered two years in track ... an early commitment who was also recruited by Virginia Tech ... coached by Bill McGregor.
Personal: Born Nov. 9, 1986 ... parents are Jeff and Jean Allen ... father and two uncles also played football at DeMatha ... traveled over one hour each way to school every day from Woodbridge, Va. ... a family science major who maintained over a 3.0 GPA.
Allen's Career Statistics
Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks FC FR PBU Int. 2005 11-0 4 4 8 0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2006 13-0 8 4 12 0-0 0.0-0 0 0 1 0-0 2007 13-0 13 15 28 0.0-0 0.0-0 1 0 2 0-0 2008 13-13 34 32 66 2.0-3 0.0-0 0 0 3 1-0 Career 50-13 59 55 114 2.0-3 0.0-0 1 0 6 1-0