|Height: 6-0 | Weight: 198 | College: East Carolina|
Allison arrived from Georgia Military College and had an immediate impact on the Pirates program in 2005. He was responsible for 43.6 percent of the team's first downs passing (110), amassed 36.4 percent (1,024 of 2,816) of the Pirates' receiving yards, accounted for 50 percent (7 of 14) of their touchdown catches and produced 37.8 percent of the team's big plays (14 of 37 catches for over 20 yards) en route to inking his name in the school record books.
In 2006, the explosive big-play receiver was sorely missed in the two games he was forced to sit out with an ankle injury. But he was still able to help lead the program to its first bowl game since 2001.
Allison was an Associated Press All-State selection during his senior season at A.L. Brown High School, where he was the program's top receiver and return specialist. The two-time All-Conference choice earned Conference Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year honors in 2001.
Allison caught 50 passes for 1,101 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior, despite missing two games due to an injury. That season was highlighted by his 11 catches for 202 yards and one touchdown against the South Point High Red Raiders, while also contributing additional scores on a punt and kickoff return. He also participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Upon graduating from high school, Allison enrolled at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in 2002, but did not compete in football. He transferred to Georgia Military College in 2003, going on to catch 33 passes for 410 yards (12.4 avg) and six touchdowns. He earned National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) All-American second-team and All-Region XVII first-team honors at Georgia Military in 2004, when he snared 37 passes for 455 yards (12.3 avg) and five scores.
Taking over a program that finished 2-9 in 2004, new head coach Skip Holtz needed all of his recruiting skills to lure Allison to East Carolina in 2005. Allison went on to shatter the school's single-season record for yards receiving (1,024), becoming the first player in ECU annals to gain more than 1,000 yards in a season.
Allison became only the second player in school history to catch more than 55 passes in a season, catching 83, with seven of those resulting in touchdowns. He also completed 1-of-2 pass attempts for 41 yards, gained 65 yards on seven carries (9.3 avg) and totaled 33 yards on six punt returns.
Allison started all 11 games he played in at split end for the Pirates in 2006. He led the team with 62 receptions for 708 yards (11.4 avg) and four touchdowns. He gained 16 yards on four punt returns (4.0 avg) and lost 10 yards on four reverses. Allison hit on 1-of-2 pass attempts for a 34-yard touchdown and recorded two solo tackles.
In 22 games at East Carolina, Allison started every contest. As a Pirate, he caught 145 passes for 1,732 yards (11.9 avg) and 11 touchdowns. He returned 10 punts for 49 yards (4.9 avg) and rushed 12 times for 55 yards (4.6 avg). He registered a pair of solo tackles and connected on 2-of-4 throws for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Positives: Has a good bubble, split high, with long legs, high calves and that explosive playing burst to easily gain separate after the catch Shows above average lateral agility and balance when changing direction, doing an excellent job of extending for the ball and keeping his feet inbounds when working along the sidelines Has loose hips and good feet to get in and out of his cuts. His quick first step lets him explode off the line Also has the hip wiggle and head fakes to elude defenders after the catch Even when his speed fails to elude the defensive back, he has the hip wiggle and shake needed to prevent from being rerouted Might not look physical enough to fight off the jam, but knows how to use his arm-over action to separate when the defender attempts to press Has the quickness to separate along the perimeter and the "make you miss" burst to get down field His vertical speed is evident by his ability to consistently stretch the field and make good body adjustments to the ball Can uncover and free up from his man working in the short area Demonstrates the ability to sink his hips and go low to grab the ball on shallow crossing routes Has the burst to get under the ball and make the over-the-shoulder grab look routine Is quick to gobble up the cushion, especially when working in the zone Very quick off the line and has the suddenness to get to top speed instantly You notice on film his ability to drop his weight, sink his hips and maintain body control in and out of his cuts when separating By staying at a low pad level, he is very effective at rapidly accelerating to get under the ball Shows the ability to keep his eyes on the ball, even when knowing the defender is about to deliver a viscous hit Has a good feel for the sticks and chains and makes good body adjustments on the move to uncover Excels at keeping his feet in-bounds working along the sidelines and slipping through tight coverage Has a good working relationship with his quarterback and that timing and ability to stay in sync lets him come back when the pocket collapses Looks like a gazelle in the open field, showing a smooth stride that quickly gobbles up the cushion Knows he doesn't have the brute power to break tackles, so he uses his change of direction and planting agility to elude the lethargic defender He twists, turns and spins to slide away from contact and can use the defender's body well to push off and gain separation Effective open-field cutter because of his ability to attack the defender low and use his hands to mirror and sustain A lethargic defender is soon surprised by Allison's quickness and explosion using his hands to lock on and steer in the second level.
Negatives: Needs to improve his upper body muscle definition Like most junior college players, he still has not developed good weight room habits, but is improving Is not a "first one to enter, last one to leave" type in the training room, but if he receives patient coaching, he will develop those traits Did not have the brute strength to out-muscle the more physical defenders when he arrived on the ECU campus in the spring of 2005, but he compensated with his long arms, good ball concentration and leaping ability to get to the balls thrown into a crowd (has now added 15 pounds of muscle to his frame and was not beaten by press coverage in any games during 2006) Gets into a pattern where he throttles down when not involved in the play Needs to do a better job of timing his leaps, as he had 10 passes deflected in 2006, including five in the final two games Needs to be monitored, as he has a history for being late to practices and meetings Won't play with pain and does not take well to hard coaching (poor work habits put him in the doghouse last season) Relies more on his speed than pattern development and needs to become a better route runner (fails to set up the defenders and must be more aggressive going for the ball) Adequate second-level blocker, but will back away from the action when asked to block in-line Must improve his upper body strength or the more physical NFL corners will have good success rerouting or jamming him Tries to run before securing the ball, leading to a very high amount of dropped or missed balls ? 44 total in 2006 (had 12 batted out of his hands and missed catching nine throws vs. UAB, five more in each of the West Virginia, Southern Mississippi and North Carolina State games and eight vs. South Florida).
Compares To: SANTONIO HOLMES-Pittsburgh-Like Holmes, Allison is very capable of surprising a defender with his explosive burst. He is simply a playmaker who is a threat anytime or anyway he touches the ball. Like Holmes, he's a big distraction for a defense, as he is perfectly capable of taking a handoff and either running with the ball or pulling up to unleash a perfectly-timed pass.
Allison's 145 receptions in just two seasons at East Carolina rank second on the school's career record list behind Jason Nichols (152, 1994-97) His 1,732 yards receiving as a Pirate rank third in school annals, topped only by Troy Smith (1,982 yards, 1995-98) and Mitchell Galloway (1,754 yards, 1993-96) Allison's 1,024 yards receiving in 2005 shattered the old East Carolina single-season record of 897 by Terrance Copper in 2003 His 83 receptions in 2005 rank second in school annals behind Copper's 87 grabs in 2003 His 62 grabs in 2006 are topped only by his 2005 total of 83 and Copper's 87 catches in 2003 on the school's single-season record list His seven touchdown catches in 2005 rank sixth on the school's annual record list behind Bobby Hodges (10 in 1953), Clayton Davis (10 in 1991), Walter Wilson (9 in 1989), Larry Shannon (9 in 1996) and Hunter Gallimore (8 in 1991) He became the first player in school history to begin his career with three consecutive 100-yard receiving games His five 100-yard receiving performances in 2005 set a school single-season record (only six players in ECU annals have gained more than 100 yards receiving four times in a career) In the 2005 Rice game, Allison (109) and tailback Chris Johnson (129) each had more than 100 yards receiving. The last time the Pirates had a pair of 100-yard receivers in one game was on Oct. 23, 1999 (Lamont Chappell-100 and Marcellus Harris-109) Allison's 13 receptions vs. Southern Methodist in 2006 is one shy of the school single-gamerecord of 14 by Dick Corrada vs. Southern Illinois in 1970 In 22 games at East Carolina, Allison gained more than 100 yards receiving seven times For his entire collegiate career, Allison amassed 2,597 yards and 22 touchdowns on 215 catches (12.1 avg) in 40 games 139 of his receptions produced first downs, including 83 during his two seasons at East Carolina.
All-American honorable mention and All-Conference USA first-team pick by The NFL Draft Report, adding second-team All-Conference USA honors from the league's coaches Was named to the Biletnikoff Award (nation's top receiver) Watch List Started eleven games at split end, sitting out the Virginia and Tulsa contests after he suffered an ankle sprain in the West Virginia clash Despite sitting out those two contests and not catching any passes vs. Alabama-Birmingham, Allison ranked 20th in the nation with an average of 5.64 receptions per game He led the team with 62 catches for 708 yards (11.4 avg) and four touchdowns His 62 grabs are topped only by his 2005 total of 83 and Terrance Copper's 87 catches in 2003 on the school's season-record list Of the 106 passes thrown to Andrae, twelve were deflected by the opposition 35 of his receptions produced first downs, including converting 11-of-22 third-down plays and one more on fourth-down Had twelve receptions for 20 yards or longer Credited with big catches that set up nine touchdown drives and three more that ended with field goals Completed 1-of-2 passes for a 34-yard score, but lost ten yards on five reverses Returned four punts for 16 yards (4.0 avg) and registered a pair of solo tackles.
|2006 Game Analysis|
Navy Allison caught six passes for 86 yards, lost 2 yards on a reverse and had a 6-yard punt return, coming up with key catches that set up one ECU touchdown drive and another that ended with a field goal On the team's single-season opening drive, Allison snared a 10-yard screen pass from QB James Pinkney He followed with 6 & 26-yard grabs to set up Chris Johnson's 3-yard scoring run that ended an 8-play, 68-yard drive early in the second quarter Aundrae then set up an ECU 48-yard field goal with a 24-yard reception in the third quarter Head to Head Competition-CB#4-Keenan Little-Three tackles (2 solos).
Alabama-Birmingham Aundrae had his twelve-game reception streak snapped vs. UAB, as QB James Pinkney misfired on seven throws to Allison and two more were deflected His only touch for the day came on a 2-yard punt return Head to Head Competition-CB#21-Kevin Sanders-Three tackles (one solo), 0.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Memphis After being held to no catches the previous week, Allison exploded for 124 yards and a score, as six of his nine grabs produced first downs, including two on third-down plays Aundrae executed a one-handed catch over two defenders for a 40-yard gain on a third-&-4 deep pass from James Pinkney midway through the first quarter After he was tackled for a 6-yard loss on a sideline catch, he converted a third-&-10 crossing pattern into a 10-yard gain late in the second quarter In the third, the ECU split end had another crossing pattern for a 19-yard pickup and then drew cornerback Dustin Lopez into a pass interference penalty on a fourth-&-5 throw with 3:10 left in that frame On third-&-33, Pinkey eluded the rush and three a sideline pass that Allison hauled down for a 33-yard catch-&-run touchdown with 3:34 remaining on the clock Record Watch-Aundrae's nine catches gave him 98 for his ECU career, moving to eighth place on the school's all-time record list Head to Head Competition-CB#8-Brandon McDonald-Seven solo tackles.
West Virginia Andrae snatched four passes for 54 yards, including a 47-yard score on a second-&-3 sideline toss from James Pinkney, as Allison got behind the defense, but he was penalized for excessive celebration after the play Later in the game, he suffered an ankle sprain (posterior tendon) that would sideline him for the next two games Head to Head Competition-CB#6-Antonio Lewis-Five tackles (3 solos), one interception, two pass deflections.
Virginia and Tulsa Allison sat out both games due to an ankle injury that he suffered in the West Virginia clash.
Southern Methodist If the Mustangs thought that they would see Allison struggle in his first game back from his ankle injury, they were soon in for a rude awakening. The explosive open field runner accounted for eight first downs, including two on third-down action, as he grabbed a career-high thirteen passes for 138 yards and a touchdown
Allison had been out since injuring his ankle against West Virginia on September 23rd, but didn't need long to make his mark against SMU. And Allison's presence opened up things for his teammates, including wideout Steven Rogers (three catches, 90 yards), receiver Phillip Henry (four catches, 45 yards) and Davon Drew, a tight end who had four catches for 49 yards Allison set up a Brandon Simmons 1-yard touchdown run that capped a 14-play, 85-yard drive with receptions of 11, 7 and 21 yards with 0:29 left in the first half He was tackled for a 4-yard loss on a reverse at the start of the fourth quarter, but made up for that miscue with a third-&-9 deep pass from James Pinkney that he turned into a 21-yard gain, setting up Pinkney's 10-yard scoring burst with 7:19 left to play Aundrae then sealed the team's 38-21 win with a 30-yard touchdown on a deep pass from Pinkney with 6:01 remaining "Aundrae's pretty explosive," head coach Skip Holtz said. "And with Aundrae's explosiveness, it changes the way you have to defend us because you have to know that he's on the field." Allison didn't seem surprised by his immediate impact, stating, "I knew coming out here in front of the 'Pirate Nation,' the adrenaline would help me get through the rest of the game," he said. "It's (the ankle) just a little bit of aching, but it's nothing I can't deal with." SMU head coach Phil Bennett praised Allison, saying,
"He's a great player. He's going to be playing on Sundays. We watched tape of him against West Virginia and we knew how good he was; he was the difference in the game last year and maybe this year too." Record Watch-Allison's 138 yards gave him 1,426 for his ECU career, moving him to tenth on the school's career-record list Only Dick Corrada (14 vs. Southern Illinois in 1970) had more catches in a game for the Pirates than Aundrae's thirteen Head to Head Competition-CB#21-Jonathan Lindley-Six tackles (4 solos).
Southern Mississippi Allison accounted for three first downs among his four grabs, gaining 58 yards as he set up one touchdown and converted a fourth-down play He was tackled for a 3-yard loss on a screen pass in the third quarter, but came up with a 26-yard gain on a third-&-9 screen pass from James Pinkney in the fourth quarter to set up Pinkney's 2-yard touchdown run that ended a 60-yard, 10-play drive Head to Head Competition-CB#14-Caleb Hendrix-Four tackles (2 solos), one stop for a 3-yard loss, one interception, two pass deflections.
Central Florida Five of Allison's eight catches were good for first downs, converting three third-down plays while gaining 67 yards. He also made a tackle on the game's second play from scrimmage when he collided with Travanti Johnson on a 12-yard interception return, temporarily knocking the cornerback out of the game He kept a late first quarter drive alive with a 12-yard gain on a third-&-9 screen pass from QB James Pinkney In the third quarter, he drew Emery Allen into a pass interference penalty and on the next play, he picked up 11 yards on a sideline pass At the start of the fourth quarter, Aundrae converted a third-&-2 throw into a 5-yard pickup and gained 8 yards on a third-&-6 pass Record Watch-Allison's 87 yards moved into seventh place on the school's all-time receiving yards list with 1,551 Head to Head Competition-CB#40-Travanti Johnson-Seven tackles (6 solos), one forced fumble, 4-yard interception return.
Marshall Andre not only kept the Herd defense off-balance by coming up with three first downs for 46 yards on six grabs, but he also threw a 34-yard scoring strike on an end-around play He kept a mid first quarter series alive with a 16-yard gain on a third-&-12 screen toss from James Pinkney An 8-yard reverse and a 10-yard catch gave ECU field position to kick a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter In the fourth quarter, East Carolina put the game out of reach with a trick play. Allison, coming on an end-around, threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Steven Rogers, who got behind a Marshall defense that had committed to stopping Allison's run. Marshall head coach Mark Snyder talked about Allison's play after the game, commenting, "We thought it was a regular reverse. That play seemed like it lasted an hour; we had Allison stopped, and then lost him and all of the sudden he rears back to throw it and it was a great play by them." Record Watch-Aundrae moved into sixth place on the school's all-time receiving list with his 16-yard grab from James Pinkney in the first quarter. He finished the game with 1,597 career and moved into third place on ECU's career-record receptions chart with 133 in two seasons with the Pirates Head to Head Competition-CB#8-James Johnson-Seven tackles (5 solos).
Rice Allison set up a field goal with a third-down catch and made a tackle on an interception return, adding 39 yards on six receptions early in the first quarter, he had an 11-yard grab for a first down, but two plays later, he tackled Andray Downs after the defender intercepted a James Pinkney pass, but was stuffed by Allison at the Rice 2, preventing a return with the errant pass Aundrae's third-&-4 reception that netted 8 yards set up an ECU 47-yard field goal in the second quarter Head to Head Competition-CB#15-Brandon King-Five solo tackles, stop for a 2-yard loss, one pass deflection.
All-American honorable mention and named Conference USA Newcomer of the Year by The NFL Draft Report Unanimous All-Conference USA first-team choice Earned TEC Male Athlete of the Year honors After a stellar preseason performance, Allison took over split end duties for the Pirates, starting every game Ranked fourth in the nation with an average of 7.55 catches per game, topped only by Jeff Webb of San Diego State (7.67 rpg), Mike Hass of Oregon State (8.18 rpg) and Greg Jennings of Western Michigan (8.91 rpg) Finished 19th nationally and second in the conference with an average of 93.09 yards per game receiving, ranking behind Garrett Mills of Tulsa (95.0 ypg) in Conference USA action Ranked third in the conference and 25th in the nation with a school single-season record 1,024 yards receiving, shattering the previous ECU mark of 897 by Terrance Copper in 2003 His 83 receptions rank second in school annals behind Copper's 87 grabs in 2003 Those catches and yardage totals are also the most ever by a junior in ECU history, breaking the previous marks of 54 grabs for 795 yards by Troy Smith in 1997 Seven of his 83 catches were good for touchdowns, but he also had big-play receptions that set up twelve other touchdown drives and four drives that resulted in field goals Became the first player in school and Conference USA history to begin his Pirates' career with three consecutive 100-yard receiving performances His five 100-yard games set a school single-season record Of the 135 passes targeted to Allison, 16 were deflected by the opposition while 35 others were either over- or under-thrown (had only one dropped ball) Recovered one of his two fumbles Of his 83 receptions, 48 resulted in first downs (team had only 110 first-down catches), including 16 that helped convert third-down plays and two others on fourth-down plays Fourteen of his catches were good for 20 yards or longer Helped convert 59.3% (16-of-27) third-down plays that he was involved in Added 65 yards on seven carries (9.3 avg), with two of those runs resulting in first downs, including one for 23 yards Also completed 1-of-2 pass attempts for 41 yards Averaged 102.0 all-purpose yards per game, the fourth-best total among Conference USA receivers in 2005 His 83 catches in 2005 not only led the team, but were 48 more than the Pirates' second-leading pass catcher (Chris Johnson, 35 grabs) and 55 more than the squad's second-leading wide receiver (Phillip Henry, 28 catches) Responsible for 43.6% of the team's first downs (110) passing, amassed 36.4% (1,024 of 2,816) of the Pirates' aerial yards, accounted for 50% (7 of 14) of East Carolina's touchdown catches and produced 37.8% of the team's big plays (14 of 37 catches for over 20 yards) en route to inking his name in the school record books Led the team's receivers and running backs with 48 knockdown blocks, including eight blocks that resulted in touchdowns 48 of his receptions came in road games.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Duke No other receiver in Conference USA or school history would have such a debut as Aundrae had for the Pirates. He hauled in ten passes for 163 yards and a touchdown. He scored the team's first touchdown for the season on a 50-yard catch-&-run down the left sideline on a toss from QB James Pinkney that finished a 6-play, 76-yard drive in the first quarter. Despite catching his first touchdown pass for ECU, Allison did not celebrate, as he quietly handed the ball to the referee. Asked after the game why he did not produce a "wild" dance to mark the occasion, the unassuming Allison simply replied, "I was planning on doing something, but I wanted to act like I've been in the end zone before." Allison did turn the ball over on a fumble late in the first quarter, but made up for that miscue with a third quarter over-the-shoulder grab for a 31-yard gain on a fourth-&-5 play that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by QB James Pinkney. Allison was the lead blocker on Pinkney's scoring run, leveling 290-pound defensive end Eli Nichols to spring his quarterback on the 1-yard run Pickney spoke about Allison's debut, stating, "I said to Coach Kirkpatrick, Aundrae Allison needs to get ten catches or we are not very good coaches, so I'm glad he got ten. I think Aundrae is special. I believe that and I may be wrong but they [Duke] went to an awful lot of cover-2s and a lot of two deep to get someone in Allison's face every down totally different from what we had expected." Head coach Skip Holtz chimed in, "I really think Aundrae did a great job. If you put the ball in his hands he is going to do some-thing exciting." Allison accounted for five first-down catches, producing four on third-down plays (team only converted six third-down plays) and one more on fourth-down Two of his catches were for 20 yards or longer Record Watch-Allison's ten catches rank fourth on the school's game-record list behind Dick Corrada (14 vs. Southern Illinois in 1970), Peter Zophy (12 vs. Bowling Green in 1992), Luke Fisher (12 vs. North Carolina State in 1992) and Hunter Gallimore (11 vs. Southern Mississippi in 1991) His ten catches were the most by an ECU player in his Pirates' debut, breaking the old mark of seven by Derrek Batson vs. Virginia Tech in 1992 His 163 yards rank seventh on the school's game-record list and were the most by a Pirate since Troy Smith totaled 177 yards vs. Army in 1998 His 163 yards were also the most by an ECU player in his debut and were the second-most ever by a junior in school annals, topped only by Terrance Copper's 168 vs. Wake Forest in 1997 Head to Head Competition-CB#11-John Talley-Two tackles (one solo).
Wake Forest Aundrae hauled in eight receptions (tied for eighth-best in Pirate history) for 153 yards (13th-best single game performance) vs. the Demon Deacons, accounting for eight first downs on six of those grabs and also drew the opposition into penalties that resulted in two more first downs. Two of his receptions resulted in scores, including a 9-yard slant pass from QB James Pinkney that produced the team's first touchdown for the game. Allison set up that 9-yarder by catching a 31-yard sideline pass on a third-&-4 toss from Pinkney late in the second quarter. Allison also drew Wake Forest safety James Gattis into two pass interference penalties on a second quarter drive that set up an ECU 23-yard field goal by Robert Lee. Allison closed out the third quarter's scoring when Aundrae turned a short pass from Pinkney and raced up the field, eluding three defenders en route to a 59-yard touchdown Talking about his 59-yarder after the game, Aundrae said, "It was a huge play for me because I really owe a lot to the team by accepting me coming straight from junior college and just looking at me as a leader." QB James Pinkney credits Allison for the team's return to life in the second quarter, stating, "We were going to try and create a turnover in the third quarter. The defense was going to set up a score. Our goal was to score two touchdowns in the third quarter and two touch-downs in the fourth. When (Aundra) Allison went the distance that was with three seconds left in the third quarter. We had 14 points and we were right on track. It seemed like every time we started going, we couldn't get a stop. When you are trying to comeback it takes both sides. It's hard to win when you give up (407) yards rushing. It takes the defense to stop them and make three-and-outs, and the offense has to make big plays." Six of Allison's eight grabs resulted in first downs, with one coming on a third-down play and three of those catches gaining 20 yards or more Record Watch-Allison finished with 158 yards receiving, marking the second consecutive game that he had 100-plus yards receiving. The last time a Pirate receiver had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games was Terrance Copper in 2003 vs. Cincinnati (106 on 9/01/03) and West Virginia (140 on 9/06/03) Head to Head Competition-CB#20-Chip Vaughn-Five tackles (4 solos).
West Virginia Allison became the first player in school and Conference USA history to debut with three consecutive 100-yard receiving games. He snatched ten passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, a poor punt gave East Carolina the ball at the West Virginia 48 and the Pirates needed just 44 seconds to score on QB James Pinkney's 11-yard scoring pass to Allison with 5:00 left. A 2-point conversion pass attempt failed Five of Allison's ten catches resulted in first downs, including one on a third-down play Record Watch-Set a school record with his third consecutive 100-yard receiving performance Head to Head Competition-CB#26-Anthony Mims-One assisted tackle.
Southern Mississippi Allison was held to a single-season low 20 yards on four catches, but did account for a first down on a 23-yard reverse in the third quarter Head to Head Competition-CB#1-John Eubanks-Four solo tackles, one stop for a 1-yard loss.
Rice Allison bounced back with his school single-season record fourth 100-yard receiving game, making seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Aundrae eluded two defenders to turn a sideline pass from QB James Pinkney into a 40-yard touchdown with 0:06 left in the first half, igniting an offense that went on to a 41-28 victory Talking about his 40-yarder after the game, Allison replied, "It (the catch) was huge for us. That's the kind of thing that the team works so hard to just to come to this day right here. So it was a huge play for me because I really owe a lot to the team." Head coach Skip Holtz was excited about that play, stating, "I know what it was like to be on the other end, and it's a backbreaker. I told the defense right before that drive when we called our timeouts, that a stop would be huge for us. So we used all three timeouts and gave our offense a shot for at least a field goal, and Aundrae Allison and James Pinkney hooked up for a great play." Allison also set up Pinkney's 14-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Good in the first quarter by grabbing a sideline pass for 17 yards Aundrae attempted a pass to Robert Tillman in the second quarter and took down cornerback Ja'Corey Shepherd to spring Pinkney for a 6-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, setting up that score with an 8-yard sideline catch on a third-&-4 play that kept the drive alive Amassed five first downs on his seven catches, with two converting third-down plays Had five knockdown blocks and three receptions for at least 20 yards Record Watch-Allison (109) and tailback Chris Johnson (129) each had over 100-yards receiving. The last time ECU had a pair of 100-yard receivers in one game was on October 23rd, 1999 (Lamont Chappell-100 and Marcellus Harris-109) Became the first player in school history to gain over 100 yards receiving four times in a season, topping the previous mark of three by Troy Smith in 1998 (128 vs. Chattanooga, 164 vs. Alabama-Birmingham, 177 vs. Army) Head to Head Competition-CB#9-Ja'Corey Shepherd-Four solo tackles.
Southern Methodist Six of Allison's seven catches were good for first downs, including one on a third-down play, as two of those grabs were for longer than 20 yards, finishing with 78 yards for the day in a 24-17 decision. Aundrae recovered his own fumble at mid-field after an 11-yard catch in the first quarter, making up for that miscue when he took down middle linebacker D.D. Lee with a crack block to open a hole used by QB James Pinkney for a 1-yard scoring run in the second quarter Allison also drew a pass interference penalty on cornerback Rolando Humphrey that kept an early fourth quarter drive alive Record Watch-With his seven receptions, Allison totaled 46 catches through the team's first six games. That total ranks seventh on the school's single-season record list His 78 yards gave him 651 total for the first six games, ranking tenth on ECU's single-season record chart Head to Head Competition-CB#22-Brandon Jones-Four tackles (3 solos).
Memphis In a game that saw Allison line up under center for several snaps, the Pirates' split end snared ten passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, adding 20 yards on a pair of carries in a tough 27-24 loss. The team converted only 3-of-12 third-down plays, but Aundrae was responsible for two of those conversions, finishing with seven catches and one rushing attempt that were good for first downs. During the team's third possession of the game, Allison took two snaps direct from center, reeling off runs of 8 & 12 yards. He beat a pair of defenders to grab a 27-yard sideline pass from QB James Pinkney for a touchdown that capped an 8-play, 80-yard drive in the third quarter. At the start of the fourth quarter, Allison caught 8, 17 & 13-yard throws from Pinkney to set up the ECU QB's 6-yard scoring lob to tailback Chris Johnson with 10:25 left to play. After a Memphis touchdown, Allison kept a drive alive by gaining a first down with a 4-yard catch on a fourth-&-3 toss from Pinkney, followed by a 17-yard screen pass from Pinkey to set up the QB's 2-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Henry with 0:10 remaining Record Watch-With his 10 receptions, Allison moved into second place on ECU's single-season record list with 56 catches, topped only by Terrance Copper's 87 grabs in 2003 His 108 yards receiving marks the fifth time in seven games that he has gone over the century mark, adding to his school single-season record Allison moved into sixth place on the single-season reception yards list with 759 yards Head to Head Competition-CB#28-Brandon McDonald-Two solo tackles, one pass deflection.
Central Florida Not only did Allison lead the team's receivers with 90 yards on nine catches, he also saw action on special teams, fielding one punt on a fair catch and returning another for a 6-yard gain in the third quarter. He also posted five knockdowns, including one that leveled outside linebacker Jordan Richards as ECU's Brandon Fractious raced around the left side for a 26-yard scoring scamper midway through the third quarter Record Watch-Moved into third place on ECU's single-season receiving yards list with 849, surpassing Larry Shannon (834 in 1996) Head to Head Competition-CB#19-Joe Burnett-Seven solo tackles, 4-yard interception return.
Tulsa Allison was a jack-of-all-trades for the Pirates, as he caught, ran, threw and returned the ball vs. the Golden Hurricane. He grabbed eight passes for 74 yards and a touchdown, completed a pass attempt for a 41-yard gain, returned a punt 2 yards and carried twice for 15 yards. He set up his own 26-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter with a 12-yard reverse, capping a 78-yard, 8-play drive with 6:53 left before half time. On the team's next possession, Allison caught a flag pass from James Pinkney for a 9-yard gain. He then took a direct snap from center and threw a 41-yard flag pass to Bobby Good, setting up a 24-yard field goal by Robert Lee with 2:31 left in the first half. He also caught a third-down pass from Pinkney for an 11-yard gain with 0:05 left in the second quarter to set up Lee's 45-yard field goal. Allison also caused cornerback Nelson Coleman to be penalized for pass interference on Aundrae's 7-yard catch midway through the fourth quarter Six of Allison's eight catches resulted in first downs, including three that converted third-down plays (team converted only 4-of-15 third downs) Record Watch His 74 yards gave him a school single-season record 922 after nine games, breaking the school single-season record of 897 yards by Terrance Copper in 2003 and 881 yards by Hunter Gallimore in 1991 Head to Head Competition-CB#13-Julian McGowan-Six solo tackles.
Marshall Allison gained 56 yards on five receptions, 9 yards on a reverse and 18 yards on two punt returns in a 34-29 triumph. While he did not score, he did set up four of the team's scoring drives. Allison drew safety Chris Hawkins into a pass interference penalty on a third-&-9 play in the first quarter to keep that drive alive. His 21-yard catch set up a second quarter 26-yard field goal by Robert Lee. Aundrae then returned a punt 16 yards, followed by a 9-yard gain on a reverse before cut blocking strong safety Curtis Keyes to spring tailback Chris Johnson for a 2-yard touchdown run with 5:12 left in the first half. Allison made a tackle on the ensuing kickoff, but the play was nullified by a Marshall offside penalty. He followed with an 8-yard reception with 1:52 remaining in the second quarter, sustaining a block on linebacker Ian Hoskins on the next play to clear the way for Chris Johnson's 14-yard scoring scamper that closed out the first half. Allison was not finished with his big-play performance, as he caught a 10-yard pass from James Pinkney over the middle for a first down that set up Johnson's final score, a 2-yard run over the left side with 7:55 remaining in the game Three of Allison's five catches resulted in first downs, including one on a third-down play Head to Head Competition-CB#27-Willie Smith-Six tackles (4 solos), one pass deflection.
Alabama-Birmingham Allison became the first player in school history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving in a season, but was not around to enjoy it, as he missed most of the second half with a right knee medial collateral ligament sprain that he suffered after making a 5-yard catch on a sideline pass from QB James Pinkney at the start of the third quarter, when UAB free safety Dominique Cosper leveled his helmet into the junior receiver's leg. Allison finished with five catches for 45 yards, two punt returns for 7 yards and lost 2 yards on a reverse. Aundrae came up with a sensational grab midway through the second quarter, hauling in a pass from Pinkney over a trio of defenders for a 14-yard gain that set up Pinkney's 55-yard touchdown bomb to Bobby Good Record Watch-At the 5:48 mark of the second quarter, Allison caught a 13-yard pass from Pinkney that gave him 1,000 yards receiving for the season. He finished the day with a school single-season record 1,024 yards Head to Head Competition-CB#6-Carnell Williams-Five tackles (4 solos).
2005: Missed most of the second half of the season finale vs. Alabama-Birmingham (11/26) after he suffered a right knee medial collateral ligament sprain at the start of the third quarter.
2006: Sat out the Virginia and Tulsa games after he suffered a sprained ankle (posterior tendon) late in the West Virginia game (9/23).
Campus: 4.4 in the 40-yard dash 295-pound bench press 38.5-inch vertical jump 31 1/2-inch arm length 9-inch hands Right-handed 11/22 Wonderlic score.
Combine: 4.39 in the 40-yard dash 1.51 10-yard dash 2.53 20-yard dash 37--inch vertical jump 10'7" broad jump.
Allison enrolled at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in 2002, but did not compete in football. Transferred to Georgia Military College in 2003, where he played two seasons for head coach Bert Williams Finished his career with 70 receptions for 865 yards (12.4 avg) and 11 touchdowns Fifty-six of those catches resulted in first downs Wore jersey No. 14 at Georgia Military.
2004 Season: Earned National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) All-American second-team and All-Region XVII first-team honors at Georgia Military, when he snared 37 passes for 455 yards (12.3 avg) and five scores Also named the team's MVP Had six receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns vs. Ranger College Added 67 yards on six catches in the Nassau Community College clash Had 82 yards and a score on six receptions vs. Erie Community College.
2003 Season: Caught 33 passes for 410 yards (12.4 avg) and six touchdowns as a freshman in 2003 Scored his first career touchdown on a 23-yard catch vs. the Brigham Young junior varsity Set a school single-game record with four touchdown receptions vs. Erie Community College.
Attended A.L. Brown (Kannapolis, N.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Ron Massey Was an Associated Press All-State selection during his senior season, where he was the program's top receiver and return specialist The two-time All-Conference choice earned Conference Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year honors in 2001 Made 50 catches for 1,101 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior, despite missing two games due to an injury That season was highlighted by his 11 catches for 202 yards and one touchdown against the South Point High Red Raiders, while also contributing additional scores on a punt and kickoff return Participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Communications major Born 4/20/86 Resides in Kannapolis, North Carolina.