Allen redshirted the 2008 season, then lettered from 2009-11. He finished his career with 93 receptions for 1,079 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 93 receptions and 12 touchdowns tied the Clemson career record for a tight end. John McMakin, who played for the Tigers from 1969-71 and later for the Pittsburgh Steelers, also had 93 receptions and 12 touchdowns. Allen was named first-team All-American by Associated Press, the Football Writers Association, ESPN.com, Si.com and Phil Steele and was a second-team selection by CBSsports.com. He was the first Clemson tight end to make an All-America team since Bennie Cunningham in 1975. Allen was a first-team All-ACC selection as well. He caught at least one pass in every game this year and in 26 of his last 27 games over two seasons. The Discover Orange Bowl against West Virginia was his 28th consecutive start.
Allen finished the year with 50 receptions for 598 yards and eight touchdowns, helping Clemson to its first ACC Championship in 20 years. He established Clemson single season records for all three statistics for a tight end. The 598 receiving yards were fifth most in ACC history for a tight end. His season included a pair of touchdown receptions from quarterback Tajh Boyd in the ACC Championship game victory over Virginia Tech on December 3.
One of 22 midseason candidates for the John Mackey Award...Second-Team All-ACC tight end who was third on the team in receptions (33) in 765 snaps over 13 games (13 starts)...Solid Rock Award winner among tight ends...his 33 catches set a school record by a sophomore tight end...totaled 373 receiving yards, third-most on the team... had at least one catch in 12 games...has 21 knockdown blocks, most among tight ends... had a touchdown catch against Presbyterian College...has had his best games on the road against good teams; he had five catches for 66 yards at #15 Auburn...had seven catches for 55 yards at North Carolina and seven catches for 57 yards at Boston College...team offensive player-of-the-game at Boston College by the coaches...top receiver in 2010 Spring Game with three catches for 81 yards, including a 35-yard catch from Tajh Boyd.
Had a big impact on the overtime win at Miami (FL) when he had four catches for 36 yards...played 39 plays in starting role in that upset win...played in all 14 games and had six starts, so he is considered a returning starter for 2010 season...had touchdown catches in the regular season against Georgia Tech (9 yards), Florida State (17 yards) and Virginia (16 yards) ...had at least one catch in seven different games...first career catch went for a touchdown at Georgia Tech...played at least 16 snaps in every game and averaged 26 plays per game for the year...played 25 snaps against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl...had starts against Middle Tennessee, Boston College, Wake Forest, Miami (FL), South Carolina and Kentucky.
National top-100 player according to ESPN.com...#83 player in the nation by ESPN.com, including #3 tight end in the nation...four-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com...#3 tight end in the nation according to Rivals.com and #8 tight end according to Scout.com...#5 player in North Carolina according to Rivals.com...had 68 receptions for 1,257 yards (18.5 yards per catch) in his career at Terry Sanford High School...had 27 receptions for 291 yards and five touchdowns during his senior season...had 25 receptions for 551 yards in his junior season...standout basketball player who was named most improved on the team...coached by Wayne Inman at Terry Sanford High School...recruited by Chris Rumph...chose Clemson over Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
Born Feb. 24, 1990...majoring in biological sciences.