In the weeks leading up the seventh annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 20 at the Rose Bowl Stadium, we will profile 10 draft-eligible players who have committed to play in the prestigious all-star game. Today’s feature is on Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen.
Austin Allen’s tenure at Arkansas might not have played out as he had initially imagined, but when looking back at his career, the quarterback delivered when healthy. After biding his time for the first two years, Allen emerged onto the college football scene during his junior year, displaying a vast array of physical tools whenever the ball was in his hands.
Allen showed that his time on the sideline allowed him to mature as a quarterback, starting with the second game of his third year. The Razorbacks went to TCU to take on the then-15th ranked Horned Frogs, and Austin Allen was not fazed in the slightest.
Down eight points and with just over two minutes remaining, Allen didn’t flinch. He calmly led Arkansas down the field in a minute, throwing both a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game. Once the game headed to overtime, Allen calmly put the Razorbacks on his back. He threw the touchdown to take the first points in the extended period, and in double OT, he ran it in himself for a 5-yard touchdown that sealed the victory.
That TCU game would just be the start for Allen. The performance kicked off a four-game stretch where he would throw for 10 touchdowns without an interception and eclipsed 350 yards passing in two of those games. Overall, he threw for 18 scores in his first seven games of the season, leading Arkansas to five wins along the way.
Allen’s efforts would culminate in a Belk Bowl appearance for Arkansas, where he threw for 278 yards, two touchdowns, and also ran for another score.
His senior year hit a temporary snag when the gunslinger suffered a shoulder injury. But he quickly returned to form by the close of the regular season. A fantastic game between Arkansas and Missouri would allow Allen to show his stuff, as he put up 313 yards, two passing touchdowns, and a rushing score before ultimately falling 48-45. Despite the loss, efforts like this make it clear that Allen left it all on the field during his time at Arkansas.
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November 8, 2017
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NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL MOVES TO THE ROSE BOWL FOR SEVENTH EDITION
Mike Martz, Darrell Green to coach teams in annual postseason all-star game on January 20
WASHINGTON, D.C. – One of the country’s most storied football venues will now be home to the premier postseason all-star contest featuring the top draft-eligible players from colleges and conferences across the country.
The seventh annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be played on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., which has been the site of five Super Bowls and numerous major college football games. The contest, scheduled for a 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST kickoff, will be televised on FS1.
Founded in 2012, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gives prospective players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. Nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches from all 32 NFL teams are expected be in attendance to watch live practices, conduct player interviews and review tape.
“With my circumstances in being a small guy from a [historically black college and university] like North Carolina A&T, the odds were stacked against me,” said Chicago Bears standout running back Tarik Cohen, who was drafted in the fourth round after playing in the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. “Playing in the Collegiate Bowl helped get me the looks I needed, along with great advice from coaches, to be in the position I am today.”
Leading this year’s batch of players are two NFL legends: Super-Bowl winning coach Mike Martz, who is back at the helm for a fourth straight year, and Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green, who is making his debut as a head coach on the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl sidelines.
Perhaps best known for being the offensive coordinator behind the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” during their Super-Bowl winning season in 1999, Martz has become a staple in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Using the wisdom acquired during his tenure as the Rams head coach from 2000-2005, Martz has led the National Team to victory in each of the past three NFLPA Collegiate Bowls. Martz’s presence exposes the game’s participants to a large network of NFL teams, as he has served in a variety of coaching and coordinator roles with the Rams, Redskins, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears.
After serving as an assistant coach in past years, Green will step into the head coach role and draw from 20 years of NFL playing experience. The renowned Washington Redskins cornerback has demonstrated a knack for connecting with the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl’s participants through stories about being overlooked out of college and consistently tabbed as undersized. In spite of this, the speedy All-Pro was selected to seven Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls with the Redskins during the 1987 and 1991 seasons.
Participants in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl have the unique opportunity to network with and learn from current and former NFL players. These veterans provide players with first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off the field.
Since its inception, many players have gone on to promising careers in professional football, with notable Collegiate Bowl alumni including Cohen, San Diego Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown (2016), Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley (2015), Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson (2013), New York Jets offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum and Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King (2012).
The National Team beat the American Team, 27-7, in the sixth annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. American defensive back Lorenzo Jerome of St. Francis (Pa.) was named the game’s MVP.
Click here to see the complete Box Score.
For the sixth time in as many years, the National Team prevailed over the American Team, 27-7, in the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Though the result remained the same, this year’s game provided a new batch of budding talent on both sides of the ball.
Taquan Mizzell (Virginia) rushed for a game-record 93 yards to go with one touchdown on just 10 carries to lead the offensive charge for the National Team, coached by Mike Martz. Mizzell teamed with T.J. Logan (North Carolina), who had 63 yards rushing, to bolster the ground attack and open things up through the air.
National Team quarterback Philip Nelson (East Carolina) threw for 102 yards on 11-for-18 passing and also plowed ahead for the game’s first touchdown – a 1-yard run – in the first quarter. Nelson’s performance especially impressed Martz, who said after the game that he saw the former Pirates star as surefire NFL quarterback.
The National Team also got points from Miles Bergner (South Dakota), who connected on 27- and 45-yard field goals and off of a 15-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Isaiah Irving (San Jose State).
In the end, however, the American Team boasted one of the game’s brightest spots in former St. Francis (Pa.) defensive back Lorenzo Jerome. The ballhawking senior snagged two interceptions to earn game MVP honors and bolster his draft stock.
For more game details, please view the box score here.
In its sixth year, the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl boasted two of its most talented rosters to-date. The game’s MVP Lorenzo Jerome (St. Francis Pa.) along with 34 other players who participated in the game earned NFL Combine invites:
|Pos||First Name||Last Name||School|
|RB||Tarik||Cohen||North Carolina A&T|
|S||Lorenzo||Jerome||Saint Francis (PA)|
|OT||Javarius||Leamon||South Carolina State|
|RB||Tyrone “T.J.”||Logan||North Carolina|
|OT||Nathan “Nate”||Theaker||Wayne State (MI)|
|OT||Jerry||Ugokwe||William & Mary|