#83 Brad Allen
Played in 11 of 12 games at tight end… Earned five starting assignments, including career first at Alabama… Developed into an excellent blocking tight end… Concluded season with three receptions for 57 yards… Garnered team[apos]s Offensive Player of the Week honors after South Carolina game… Each of Allen[apos]s catches produced first downs, and his first career reception – good for 21 yards – came deep in Vanderbilt territory and sparked Vanderbilt[apos]s game-winning drive that ended with a Bryant Hahnfeldt field goal… Career long reception of 27 yards came against South Carolina… Also nabbed a nine-yard catch at Kentucky… Allen absorbed punishment after all three receptions, and showed determination fighting through a midseason leg injury.
Played in every game as redshirt freshman, seeing action on kickoff return units and as reserve tight end… Did not register a reception, though minutes increased as season developed.
Redshirted… Earned scout team player of the week honors following Eastern Kentucky and Kentucky games.
Three-year starter for one of Florida Gulf Coast[apos]s top programs… Team captain as senior… Two-time 6A All-State recipient, and team[apos]s Player of the Year as senior… Two-time All-Region… As senior, caught 13 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns in run-oriented offense… Contributed 32 solo tackles, four sacks, three defensed passes and one pass interception for touchdown as defensive end… A Wendy[apos]s High School Heisman Award nominee… Also throws shot and discus in track & field.
William Bradford Allen… Son of Bill and Faith Allen… Born on August 6, 1985… Oldest of three siblings… Dad is corporate operations director; mom is a teacher in Sarasota County system… Dad played football at Muskingum (Ohio) College… Enjoys public speaking and public policy, participating in student government, National Youth Leadership Forum and Florida Boy[apos]s State… National Honor Society member… Involved in high school FCA chapter… Wants to become a physician.