Thursday, August 28, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 2 Days

#2 Asher Allen, CB
5-10, 200, Tucker GA (Tucker HS), Jr.
Allen came into UGA in 2006 after choosing the Dawgs over Georgia Tech, Michigan, Notre Dame and Auburn (although UGA was an easy choice for him.) He was "game-ready" from the start, and enrolled at UGA in time to participate in practice leading up to the 2006 Sugar Bowl game against West Virginia. It was clear from his first time on the field at Sanford Stadium that Allen was going to be a special player. As a true freshman he appeared in all 13 games, recording 24 tackles, and returning 19 kickoffs for a tidy little 22 yard average, and returning 4 punts at an excellent 14 yards per. He was named the UGA Defensive Newcomer of the Year and Biggest Defensive Surprise the following spring. Last season, he started 10 games and was extremely productive - 55 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 pass break-ups, and one interception. He also returned 27 kicks and almost set a single season UGA record for return yardage. Coming into his junior season (which could possibly be his last in Athens by the way), Allen finds himself on the Lott and Thorpe watch lists, and was either 1st or 2nd team All-SEC in the preseason on most lists. Allen is the rock of the UGA secondary.
Depth Chart Analysis: Allen will probably be on the field for as many plays, if not more, than any other UGA defensive player. He's had a terrific fall camp and appears ready to live up to the high expectations that come with being UGA's best cornerback. He's also UGA's best kick returner (although many believe that Ramarcus Brown has the potential to be a little better because of his sheer speed), and will be back there again this year, at least early in the season. I expect to see him take one to the house this year, either on a kickoff or a punt return (where he is also currently listed on the depth chart as the #1, although Richt has said the decision for that spot hasn't been set in stone yet.) Expect Allen have an enormous year and start to rocket up draft boards all over the NFL.

1 comment:

Bop said...

It really is amazing the level of play from our corners under CWM once they become juniors. Especially ones that play a lot early in their career.

You are dead on to say to expect Allen to have an enormous year.