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Brandon Allen
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Allen with the Denver Broncos in 2019
No. 2 – Denver Broncos
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1992-09-05) September 5, 1992 (age 27)
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Fayetteville
(Fayetteville, Arkansas)
College:Arkansas
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 6 / Pick: 201
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Passing completions:39
Passing attempts:84
Percentage:46.4%
Passing yards:515
TDINT:3–2
Passer rating:68.3
Player stats at NFL.com

Brandon Allen (born September 5, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks and was their starting quarterback from 2013 to 2015. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has also been a member of the Los Angeles Rams.

Early years

Allen attended Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. As a senior, he threw for 3,408 yards and 38 touchdowns. He was ranked by Rivals.com as the fifth best pro-style quarterback recruit.[1]

College career

Allen was redshirted as a freshman in 2011. In 2012, he was the backup to Tyler Wilson. He appeared in five games and started one game after Wilson missed a game because of injury.[2] He finished the season completing 21 of 49 passes for 186 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

In 2013, Allen took over as the starting quarterback.[3][4] He passed for 1,552 yards, completing 49.6 percent of his throws, and threw for 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a team that finished 3-9 under first year head coach Bret Bielema.

As a junior in 2014, Allen had 2,285 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. He was the offensive MVP of the 2014 Texas Bowl, a 31-7 victory against the Texas Longhorns. Allen threw two touchdowns in the game, and Arkansas finished with a 7-6 record.[5]

During his senior year in 2015, Allen threw a then-school record six touchdown passes, and ran in the game winning 2 point conversion in a 53-52 overtime win over Ole Miss.[6] He broke the record two weeks later with seven touchdowns in a 51-50 loss to Mississippi State.[7][8] He also broke Arkansas' record for career passing touchdowns against Mississippi State.[9] He finished the year with 3,440 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, and eight interceptions for a team that finished 8-5, and beat Kansas State in the 2016 Liberty Bowl, 45-23.[10]

Allen finished his career with 7,463 passing yards, 64 passing touchdowns, and 26 interceptions.[11]

Statistics

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2012 Arkansas 21 49 42.9 186 3.8 1 3 69.2 8 -3 -0.4 0
2013 Arkansas 128 258 49.6 1,552 6.0 13 10 109.0 29 29 1.0 1
2014 Arkansas 190 339 56.0 2,285 6.7 20 5 129.2 42 0 0.0 2
2015 Arkansas 244 370 65.9 3,440 9.3 30 8 166.5 55 110 2.0 1
Career 583 1,016 57.4 7,463 7.3 64 26 134.8 134 136 1.0 4

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 1 38 in
(1.86 m)
217 lb
(98 kg)
31 14 in
(0.79 m)
8 78 in
(0.23 m)
4.84 s 1.71 s 2.82 s 4.33 s 7.06 s 28.0 in
(0.71 m)
9 ft 2 in
(2.79 m)
All values from the NFL Combine[12]

Jacksonville Jaguars

Allen was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round (201st overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft.[13] On May 5, 2016, Allen signed a 4-year $2.48 million contract, which included a $147,687 signing bonus.[14] Allen was the Jaguars third-string quarterback his rookie season behind Blake Bortles and Chad Henne. He was waived by the Jaguars on September 3, 2017, following final roster cuts for the 2017 season.[15]

Los Angeles Rams

On September 4, 2017, Allen was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Rams.[16] He was inactive for every game of the season as the Rams' third-string quarterback behind Jared Goff and Sean Mannion. He was placed on injured reserve on December 20, 2017.[17]

On September 18, 2018, Allen was waived by the Rams and was re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[18]

Allen signed a reserve/future contract with the Rams on February 7, 2019.[19] On August 30, 2019, Allen was released as part of final roster cuts.[20]

Denver Broncos

On September 1, 2019, Allen was claimed off waivers by the Denver Broncos.[21] After an injury to starting quarterback Joe Flacco in week 8 of the 2019 season, Allen stepped in as the starting quarterback.[22] Allen made his first start in Week 9 against the Cleveland Browns. In the game, Allen threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns in the 24–19 win. [23]

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY FUM Lost
2016 JAX 0 0 DNP
2017 LAR 0 0 DNP
2018 LAR 0 0 DNP
2019 DEN 3 3 39 84 46.4 515 6.1 3 2 68.3 10 39 3.9 0 9 59 0 0
Career 3 3 39 84 46.4 515 6.1 3 2 68.3 10 39 3.9 0 9 59 0 0

Personal life

His father, Bobby Allen, is the Razorbacks’ director of high school and NFL relations.[24] He has a younger brother, Austin Allen, who became the starting quarterback for the Razorbacks after Brandon completed his college eligibility and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft. Brandon Allen graduated in 2014 with a degree in recreation and sport management.

References

  1. ^ "Brandon Allen".
  2. ^ Hayes, Matt. "Tyler Wilson does not start for Arkansas against Alabama". Sporting News. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Brandon Allen taking control at Arkansas as quarterback".
  4. ^ "Arkansas QB's truck egged after losing game to Mississippi State - For The Win". For The Win.
  5. ^ "Texas Bowl notebook: Arkansas' Allen a surprise MVP".
  6. ^ "Arkansas vs. Ole Miss - Game Summary - November 7, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Razorbacks Football: Allen's Big Day Bittersweet". Times Record.
  8. ^ "Mississippi State vs. Arkansas - Game Summary - November 21, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "Records don't matter now". Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  10. ^ "Kansas State vs. Arkansas - Game Summary - January 2, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  11. ^ "Brandon Allen". Arkansas Razorbacks. May 8, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "Brandon Allen NFL Combine Stats". NFL.com. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  13. ^ DiRocco, Michael (April 30, 2016). "Jaguars snap defensive draft by taking Arkansas QB Brandon Allen". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "Brandon Allen contract". ESPN.Go.com. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  15. ^ Patra, Kevin (September 3, 2017). "Jaguars release second-year QB Brandon Allen". NFL.com.
  16. ^ Simmons, Myles (September 4, 2017). "Rams Claim QB Brandon Allen". TheRams.com.
  17. ^ Simmons, Myles (December 20, 2017). "Rams Place Allen on IR, Sign Edebali". TheRams.com.
  18. ^ Simmons, Myles (September 18, 2018). "Rams Waive QB Brandon Allen, Cut Two from Practice Squad". TheRams.com.
  19. ^ Simmons, Myles (February 7, 2019). "Rams sign two players to free agent contracts". TheRams.com.
  20. ^ Han, Jamie (August 30, 2019). "Rams make initial roster cuts, 18 players released". TheRams.com. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  21. ^ DiLalla, Aric (September 1, 2019). "Broncos claim four players off waivers, sign seven players to practice squad". DenverBroncos.com.
  22. ^ "Joe Flacco to miss Week 9 game vs. Browns, Brandon Allen to start at quarterback". www.denverbroncos.com. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  23. ^ "Allen leads Broncos past Browns 24-19 in first NFL start". www.espn.com. Associated Press. November 3, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  24. ^ Jones, Matt (December 22, 2012). "Longtime assistant Allen reassigned to high school relations director". Arkansas Online. Retrieved September 4, 2017.

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