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Antonio Allen

| | College: South Carolina
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Allen was a three-star defensive back recruit and originally signed with South Carolina out of high school, but was forced to attend Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) for a year. He enrolled at South Carolina and saw limited action in 2008 as a true freshman, recording five tackles. Allen moved to the "Spur" spot in 2009 as a sophomore and started 8 games, finishing with 35 tackles and 2 pass break-ups.

He started 11 games in 2010 as a junior, recording 70 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one interception (returned for a score). Allen had his most productive season in 2011 as a senior (12 starts), finishing with a team-best 88 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two pass break-ups, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and three interceptions (one returned for a score).

Allen played the Spur position in Columbia and is one of the more versatile defenders in this class with experience near the line of scrimmage and also dropping into coverage. He is a good, but not great athlete, and plays with an aggressive, physical temperament on the field. Allen is very active and disruptive at all levels of the field and his versatile experience will be enticing, but a lot of teams will see more tweener traits than versatile ability -- projects as a special teams thumper and in-the-box safety who will struggle in the deep half of the field at the next level, which limits his pro effectiveness.


Strengths: Possesses a tall, long frame with room to get stronger -- adequate arm length (32 inches). Talented all-around athlete with good playing speed and range. Reads and deciphers quickly, reacting in a flash with a nose for the ball. Jumps routes and drives fast on plays in front of him. Has good body control and balance to redirect and break down in space -- consistent open-field tackler. Extends his arms into contact and works hard to shed and burst to the ball. Heads-up, opportunistic defender with good awareness and ball skills to make plays on the ball -- four interceptions, six forced fumbles and three defensive scores in his career. Disciplined, physical blitzer, easily blowing through running back blocks. Doesn't shy from contact and exhibits a nasty attitude with a competitive attitude and motor. Versatile with experience as an in-the-box safety and in man coverage, lining up over inside receivers. Also played on special teams coverage.

Weaknesses: Needs to get stronger with little muscle definition on his frame. Too easily lost in the trash. Not a sudden athlete with some body stiffness when attempting to quickly redirect. Not an explosive player and needs to show better bend and flexibility in his drops -- plays too high. Has suspect instincts in coverage and needs to show better pre-snap recognition. Will slip off tackles and needs to finish more consistently. Has durability concerns after various injuries forced him out of action in college, including a hamstring injury in 2010 and a neck issue last season. Lacks a natural position and might be viewed as a linebacker/safety tweener by several teams.

NFL Comparison: Quinton Carter, Denver Broncos

-- Dane Brugler

Career Notes

A native of Ocala, Florida, Allen wrapped up his career with 198 total tackles, including 20 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, four interceptions, eight pass breakups, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He made 31 career starts for the Gamecocks and appeared in 40 games.

2011 Season

Allen was a second team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press this season and the only player in the league to rank in the top ten in tackles (88), interceptions (3), forced fumbles (4), and fumble recoveries (3). He added 9.5 tackles for loss and one sack on the season. His 88 tackles were tops on the team and he was a part of a defensive unit that ranked second in the SEC in passing defense this season.

2010 Season

rned a spot on Phil Steele's fourth-team All-SEC squad … played in 12 contests, starting 11 games at Spur position … despite missing the first two games with hamstring injury, still finished second on the squad with 70 tackles … logged 10.5 tackles for loss, second on the squad, and 2.5 sacks … totaled just four tackles combined through the first four games, then did not have fewer than five tackles in any of the final 10 contests … forced a fumble on his first career sack vs. Alabama … had seven stops in win over Tennessee, including 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks … also forced a fumble on a sack that led to a Carolina touchdown … had a career-high eight tackles vs. Arkansas … had seven stops including 2.5 tackles for loss at Florida … intercepted his first career pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown in win over Clemson … also had six tackles, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry vs. Tigers … led team and matched his career best with eight tackles in the SEC Championship Game vs. Auburn … also credited with four quarterback hurries in the game.

2009 Season

Moved to the Spur position during fall camp … played in 12 games, starting eight … had three tackles and a pass break up in the season opener at NC State … made his first career start against Florida Atlantic, responding with a season-high seven tackles … did not play against Ole Miss due to a slight concussion … started each of the next four games and the final three contests … collected 35 tackles including 22 solo stops … had six tackles including five solo stops in the bowl loss to UConn.

2008 Season

One of five players involved in campus fracas with non-football players, no one was charged. Enrolled at Carolina in January and went through spring drills … played strong safety in the spring and had a look at the "Sam" linebacker spot in the fall … saw limited action, playing in four games - UAB, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Iowa - while focusing on academics … notched five tackles, two against UAB and three vs. the Hawks.

2007 Season

Played at Fork Union Military Academy in Chatham, Va … given a four-star rating and considered the 23rd-best prep school prospect in the country by Rivals.com … played with fellow Gamecocks Akeem Auguste and Eric Baker.

High School

Earned first-team all-state honors in Florida as a senior in 2006 after logging 126 tackles and four interceptions … helped Trinity Catholic to a 13-1 season … coached by former Florida quarterback Kerwin Bell … as a junior, he logged 114 tackles and two interceptions, helping his team win the Florida Class 2B title … was a teammate of Gamecock wide receiver Dion LeCorn … a consensus three-star prospect was considered the nation's 42nd-best safety prospect and the 80th-best player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com … was the 75th-best safety prospect in the nation according to Scout.com and was rated the 91st-best player in the state of Florida by SuperPrep … originally signed with South Carolina in the Class of 2007.


Antonio Allen was born September 23, 1988.


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