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Asher Allen

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 194 | College: Georgia
 
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Overview

The two-year starter at strong-side cornerback decided to forgo his final year of eligibility to test his wares in the National Football League. He closed out his Bulldogs career as one of the elite kickoff return specialists in school history despite handling the duty for just two years.

Allen's 47 kickoff returns for 1,110 yards rank third on the Georgia career record list, as his average of 23.6 yards per attempt placed him fourth in school history. Those totals were aided by his 28 returns for 690 yards in 2007, both setting new Bulldogs season marks.

At Tucker High School, Allen excelled in football, basketball and track. On the football field, he earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 and Super Southern 100 honors. He was a member of the Fox Sports Net All-South third-team, Super Prep All-American and Prep Star Top 200 squads. He was rated the ninth-best cornerback in the country by Rivals.com.

Allen earned Coaches Choice All-State honors as a junior punt/kick returner, as he had seven punt returns and two kickoffs for touchdowns. On offense, the receiver had 36 receptions for 432 yards and five touchdowns as a junior and almost 500 yards and six rushing scores. As a cornerback, he recorded six interceptions, 46 solo tackles and 20 assists as a junior.

Allen enrolled at Georgia in January, 2006, competing during spring drills. He was named the team's Defensive Newcomer of the Year, seeing action in 13 contests behind Paul Oliver (San Diego) at weak-side cornerback. He posted 24 tackles (20 solos) on defense and also handled return duties. He averaged 22.1 yards on 19 kickoff returns and 13.5 yards on four punt returns.

As a sophomore, Allen started the team's final 11 games at strong-side cornerback, recording a career-high 64 tackles (50 solos) with a pair of sacks and a fumble recovery. He had his only interceptions (three) during his time with the Bulldogs and broke up four other throws. He tied the school single-season record with 28 kickoff returns and broke another annual mark by gaining 690 yards on those runbacks.

Allen started all 13 games at strong-side cornerback in 2008. The Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist played in the last five contests with a right hand fracture, wearing a cast that prevented him from getting too many interception opportunities and not handle the bulk of the kickoff return chores like he did in the past. He still managed to record 53 tackles (44 solos), adding 4.5 stops for loss while deflecting seven throws.

Partially due to his injury, Allen decided to leave Georgia after the season, joining fellow underclassmen quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Knowshon Moreno in declaring for the 2009 NFL Draft. "Asher Allen has been a great part of our football team as well as our overall athletic program over the past three years," head coach Mark Richt said. "We will certainly miss him, however, we wish him the very best in the NFL Draft and with his professional football aspirations in the future."

"This was the hardest decision of my life because of my love and respect for Georgia and everyone who is affiliated with Georgia, including the fans, my teammates, my coaches, the academic staff and everyone else," Allen said. "I have been chasing this dream of playing in the NFL and after making this decision with my family, I feel like I am ready for this next step. But I owe everyone the world who has helped me out during my time at Georgia."

Analysis

Positives: Shorter than scouts would prefer, but has a good build. Good straight-line speed. Legitimate cover skills. Loose hips to turn and run with receivers. Accelerates smoothly. Cuts smoothly and generates burst to close quickly out of his cuts. Should be able to handle the nickel role early due to his agility. Secure open-field tackler who flashes some pop, considering his size. Natural kickoff returner. Sees the field well and can accelerate through the pack. Mentally tough. Responded to the challenge of playing on an island as a sophomore in the SEC and looked like he belonged immediately. Isn't a finished product.

Negatives: Lacks prototype height to play on the outside. Aggressive and will bite on the double-move. Lacks the elite recovery speed if beaten initially. Responds to the challenge of bigger receivers, but loses out too often on jump-balls. Has obvious athletic ability, but hasn't yet "arrived." Allows too many passes into his chest and will drop easy interceptions. Broken hand requires a Combine check.

Career Notes

Allen started 24 of 39 games at Georgia, recording 141 tackles (114 solos) with three sacks for minus 20 yards, nine stops for losses of 37 yards and four quarterback pressures … Recovered two fumbles, intercepted three passes and deflected 11 others … Gained 146 yards on 10 punt returns (14.6 avg) … His 47 kickoff returns for 1,110 yards both rank third on the school career record list, topped by Gene Washington (71 for 1,637 yards, 1973-76) and Lindsay Scott (52 for 1,152 yards, 1978-81) … His average of 23.62 yards per kickoff return placed fourth in school annals behind Andre Hastings (25.49 avg, 1990-92), Arthur Marshall (25.1 avg, 1988-91) and Scott Woerner (24.0 avg, 1977-80) … His total kick return yardage (punts/kickoffs) of 1,256 yards rank fourth in Georgia history, topped by Woerner (1,916), Washington (1,637) and Damien Gray (1,396 yards, 2000-03) … Allen's 28 kickoff returns in 2007 tied Washington's school single-season record (1974) … His 690 yards gained on those 28 kickoffs broke Washington's previous Bulldogs annual record of 669 yards in 1974 … His total kick return yardage of 691 yards (1 punt return/690 kickoffs) in 2007 are good for fourth on the school total kick return list for a season … Had 149 kickoff return yards vs. Florida in 2007, ranking third on Georgia's single-game record chart, topped by Woerner (190 vs. Kentucky, 1977) and Andre Hastings (159 vs. Kentucky, 1990).

2008 Season

All-Southern Conference third-team selection by Phil Steele's … Finalist for the Lott Trophy and semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award … Started all 13 games at strong-side cornerback, despite participating in his final five games wearing a cast to protect broken bones in his right hand that he suffered on the second possession of the Louisiana State contest (hit his hand on an opponent's helmet) … Finished with 53 tackles (44 solos), a 6-yard sack, 4.5 stops for losses of 18 yards and a quarterback pressure … Deflected seven passes and recovered one fumble … Handled punt return duties the first three games, gaining 91 yards on five chances (18.2 avg).

2008 Game Analysis

Opened the season with two tackles and 54 yards on three punt returns vs. Georgia Southern, adding a stop for a 3-yard loss, a pass break-up and a 25-yard punt return vs.

Central Michigan … Totaled six tackles (5 solos) with two pass break-ups and also had a 12-yard punt return and a fumble recovery vs. South Carolina … Added seven tackles (5 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage vs. Alabama … Was in on three hits, taking down tailback Arian Foster for an 8-yard loss, as he also broke up two passes in a 26-14 defeat of Tennessee … Posted six solo tackles and a pass break-up vs. Vanderbilt … Made four tackles (3 solos) and deflected a pass, but broke a bone in his right hand early in the Louisiana State clash … Despite playing with a cast, he delivered six tackles (5 solos) in the Kentucky contest … Closed out his career in explosive fashion, sacking QB Brian Hoyer for a 6-yard loss and delivered nine solo tackles in a 24-14 victory over Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl.

2007 Season

Recipient of the David C. Cooper Family Football Scholarship … Allen opened the season as a reserve, taking over strong-side cornerback duties for the final eleven games when Thomas Flowers was lost for the year due to an injury … Made a career-high 64 tackles (50 solos) that included two sacks for minus 14 yards, two quarterback pressures and three stops for losses of 16 yards … Advanced a fumble recovery 28 yards, intercepted three passes for 4 yards in returns and had four pass deflections … Set school season-records with 28 kickoff returns for 690 yards, ranking fifth in the Southeastern Conference with a 24.6-yard average … Also had one punt return for a 1-yard loss.

2007 Game Analysis

Opened the season with a 2-yard sack of QB Bobby Reid, adding four solo tackles vs. Oklahoma State … Followed with five solo stops vs. South Carolina and a career-high eleven hits (6 solos) that included a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and a pass break-up in the Alabama clash … Had three tackles, a pass break-up and four kickoff returns, including an 82-yard return on the opening kickoff vs. Kentucky … Recorded team-high seven tackles, an interception, pass break-up and three kickoff returns including a 53-yard return vs. Troy … Advanced a fumble 28 yards and gained a career-high 149 yards (third-best game total in school history) on six kickoff returns vs. Florida … Added 99 yards on five kickoff returns, deflected a pass, delivered six tackles (5 solos) and a 12-yard sack vs. Auburn … Had a career-high two interceptions and a team-leading nine tackles (6 solos) during Georgia's 41-10 rout of Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl.

2006 Season

Enrolled at UGA in January after early graduation from high school … Allen appeared in all thirteen games, playing behind Paul Oliver at weak-side cornerback, earning Bulldog Defensive Newcomer of the Year honors … Was the recipient of Tommy Reeder Football Scholarship … Recorded 24 tackles (20 solos) with 1.5 stops for minus 3 yards … Returned 19 kickoffs for 420 yards (22.1 avg) and four punts for 54 yards (13.5 avg).

Injury Report

2006: Handled punt return chores for the first three games, until he suffered a big toe sprain vs. Alabama-Birmingham (9/16).

2008: Suffered a right hand fracture when his hand hit an opponent's helmet during the second series of the Louisiana State game (10/25) and wore a cast to protect the injury during the team's final five contests.

Agility Tests

Combine: 4.48 in the 40-yard dash … 1.50 10-yard dash … 2.59 20-yard dash … 4.30 20-yard shuttle … 6.93 three-cone drill … 35-inch vertical jump … 9'7" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times.

High School

Attended Tucker (Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Bill Ballard … Earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 and Super Southern 100 honors … Member of the Fox Sports Net All-South third-team, Super Prep All-American and Prep Star Top 200 squads … Rated the ninth-best cornerback in the country by Rivals.com … Earned Coaches Choice All-State honors as a junior punt/kick returner, as he had seven punt returns and two kickoffs for touchdowns … On offense, the receiver had 36 receptions for 432 yards and five touchdowns as a junior and almost 500 yards and six rushing scores … As a cornerback, he recorded six interceptions, 46 solo tackles and 20 assists as a junior … Also lettered in basketball and track.

Personal

Health Promotion major … Born 1/22/88 … Resides in Tucker, Georgia.

 
Latest News
04/27/2009 - COULD SURPRISE: Third-round pick Asher Allen figures to compete for a cornerback job in the nickel defense and long-term could be eyed as the replacement for veteran Antoine Winfield. Allen suffered a broken hand last season that limited his effectiveness but he continued to play and, while he's not overly quick, he does figure to fit in well in the Vikings' defensive scheme.

04/27/2009 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 3/86 -- Asher Allen, CB, 5-9, 194, Georgia...Allen doesn't have great speed (4.48 in the 40-yard dash) and playing with a broken hand for the second half of last season most likely hurt his stock. Allen fits the Vikings mold at corner as a zone-press, Cover-2 player and should be strong on the line of scrimmage. Likely will compete for a spot in the nickel defense.

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