Kyle Allen

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Kyle Allen
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Allen in 2020
No. 8 – Washington Football Team
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1996-03-08) March 8, 1996 (age 25)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Desert Mountain (Scottsdale)
College:Houston
Undrafted:2018
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
TDINT:23-17
Passing yards:4,198
Completion %:63.1
Passer rating:84.4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Kyle Allen (born March 8, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the Washington Football Team of the National Football League (NFL). He was born and raised in Arizona and played high school football at Desert Mountain, where he was among the top players of his class. He then attended and played college football at Texas A&M before transferring to the University of Houston in 2016.

Allen signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent following graduation in 2018. That same year, he started the final game of the season following injuries to both Cam Newton and Taylor Heinicke, as well as for the majority of the 2019 season after Newton suffered another injury. He was traded to Washington in 2020 and started four games before breaking his ankle during a game.

High school career[edit]

Allen attended Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.[1] During his high school career, he passed for over 8,000 yards and had 86 passing touchdowns.[2] Allen was a five-star recruit by Rivals.com and was ranked as the best pro-style quarterback and seventh best player overall in his class.[3] In June 2013, he committed to Texas A&M University to play college football.[4][5] Allen was highly recruited out of high school; in addition to Texas A&M, he received offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado State, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UCLA, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.[6] Allen played for the West team in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He completed 12 of 18 passes, and set an Army Bowl record with 183 passing yards.[7][8]

College career[edit]

Texas A&M[edit]

2014[edit]

As a true freshman in 2014, Allen competed with Kenny Hill before the season for the starting quarterback position.[9] Hill would win the job with Allen appearing in games as a backup.[10] After the team lost three straight games in October, the competition was opened again prior to the game against Louisiana-Monroe, and Allen won the starting quarterback position.[11][12]

On September 14, 2014, he made his first appearance with the Aggies and threw 12/16 completions for 122-yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception. The next week he took on #3 Auburn in Auburn, Alabama. He led the unranked Aggies past the Tigers while throwing for 277 yards and 4 touchdowns along with 1 interception in a 41–38 win, ending Auburn's chances of making the playoffs and putting A&M back in the Top 25.

Allen would finish the season with a 3–2 win-loss record, including a bowl win and its MVP award. He finished his freshman season with 118 completions off 192 attempts, 1,322 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.

2015[edit]

Following the transfer of Kenny Hill to Texas Christian University, Allen was positioned to be the starter for the Aggies in 2015.[13] On August 24 during the 2015 off-season, Allen was named the starting quarterback against Arizona State with competition from incoming freshman Kyler Murray.[14]

Texas A&M got off to a 5–0 start, as Allen led the SEC in passing efficiency. Then, against Alabama, he threw three interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in a 41–23 loss. During that game, on Oct 16, he had a 50 percent completion rate.[15] He went 12-for-34 passing (35.3 percent passing completion rate) for 88 yards in a 23–3 loss to Ole Miss on Oct. 24.[16] The Friday before the following game, head coach Kevin Sumlin named Murray the starter[17] and Allen started to practice with the third team.

Against Alabama, Allen said he suffered an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder but told the coaching staff he was well enough to face Ole Miss. Allen would then miss playing in the 35–28 win on Oct 31 against South Carolina and the Aggies loss to Auburn (26–10). Murray would start in both of those games and a home win over Western Carolina. Allen would return as the starter on Nov 21, a 25–0 win over Vanderbilt. He played his last game with the Aggies on November 28, 2015, completing 15/28 passes for 161-yards and a touchdown in a 7–19 loss to LSU. He finished his second year with completing 160/283 passes for 2,210-yards, 17 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Allen also ran for 65 yards and 2 touchdowns.

On December 10, 2015, Allen announced he would be transferring from Texas A&M.[18] This decision made him unavailable to play in the Aggies' Music City bowl game. Allen ended his Aggies career with 278 completions in 475 attempts (58.5%), 3,532 passing yards, 33 passing touchdowns, and 14 interceptions in 20 games.[19]

Houston[edit]

2016[edit]

Allen announced on January 5, 2016, that he intended to transfer to the University of Houston.[20] Allen began classes at Houston on January 19, but was not eligible to play for the Cougars during the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines that require transfers to sit out an entire year.[21]

2017[edit]

Allen began the 2017 season as the starting quarterback for the Houston Cougars. His first game was a 19–16 victory by the Cougars over the Arizona Wildcats on September 9, 2017.[22]

Allen then was benched in favor of Kyle Postma during Houston's third game against Texas Tech after throwing four interceptions in three games. On January 11, 2018, Allen announced his decision to forgo his final year of eligibility and declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.[23]

Statistics[edit]

Texas A&M Aggies
Season Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB Rating Att Yards Avg TD
2014 118 192 1,322 61.5 16 7 139.5 29 44 1.5 1
2015 160 283 2,210 56.5 17 7 137.0 65 102 1.6 2
Houston Cougars
2016
Redshirt
2017 80 105 751 76.2 4 4 141.2 11 −14 −1.3 0
Career 358 580 4,283 61.7 37 18 138.6 105 132 1.3 3

Professional career[edit]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Allen with the Carolina Panthers in 2019

2018[edit]

On April 28, 2018, Allen signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent.[24] He was waived on September 1, 2018 and was signed to the Panthers practice squad the next day.[25][26] He was released on September 10, 2018.[27] He was re-signed to the Panthers practice squad on October 30, 2018.[28] On December 20, 2018, Allen was promoted to the active roster to back up Taylor Heinicke after starter Cam Newton was shut down for the season.[29] On December 23, 2018, he made his NFL debut against the Atlanta Falcons in relief for an injured Heinicke going 4-of-4 with 38 yards in his two drives before Heinicke came back into the game at the two minute warning of the first half.[30] Allen would go on to make his first NFL start in the last game of the season against the New Orleans Saints.[31] He went 16-of-27 with 228 passing yards, with two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He suffered an injury early in the fourth quarter and was relieved by Garrett Gilbert.[32]

2019[edit]

Allen made his first start of the season in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals due to a foot injury by Cam Newton. Allen threw for 261 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions as the Panthers won 38–20.[33] In the following game against the Houston Texans, he went 24-of-34 for 232 passing yards in the 16–10 victory.[34] He helped lead the Panthers to victories over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the following two weeks.[35][36] In all during the first five games he started, he threw 9 touchdown passes with zero interceptions and secured five victories. In Week 8 against the San Francisco 49ers, Allen threw for 158 yards and three interceptions as the Panthers lost 51–13.[37] In Week 11 against the Atlanta Falcons, Allen finished with 325 passing yards and four interceptions as the Panthers lost 29–3.[38] Allen's performance improved drastically in the following week against the New Orleans Saints. In the game, Allen threw for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 34–31 loss.[39] In Week 15 against the Seattle Seahawks, Allen threw for 277 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions during the 30–24 loss.[40] On December 16, 2019, one day after the game, the Panthers announced that Allen would be benched for rookie quarterback Will Grier in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts.[41] In Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints, Allen entered the game during the second quarter after Grier left the game due to a foot injury. Allen threw for 295 yards and an interception in the 42–10 loss.[42] In total during the 2019 season, Allen appeared in 13 games and recorded 3,322 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions.[43]

Washington Football Team[edit]

2020[edit]

Allen with Washington in 2020

On March 24, 2020, Allen was traded to the Washington Football Team for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The trade reunited him with former Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who became Washington's new head coach that season.[44] Allen was named the starter after Dwayne Haskins was benched prior to their Week 5 game against the Los Angeles Rams.[45] Against the Rams, he ran for a touchdown before missing the rest of the game after suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit by Jalen Ramsey in the second quarter.[46] He returned the following week and started the next few games until he suffered a dislocated ankle in Week 9 against the New York Giants, and he was placed on injured reserve shortly after.[47][48]

2021[edit]

Washington placed an exclusive-rights free agent tender on Allen on March 10, 2021, which he signed on March 18.[49][50]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg Lng TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2018 CAR 2 1 20 31 64.5 266 8.6 2 0 113.1 5 19 3.8 10 1 0 0 0 0
2019 CAR 13 12 303 489 62.0 3,322 6.8 17 16 80.0 32 106 3.3 9 2 46 397 13 7
2020 WAS 4 4 60 87 69.0 610 7.0 4 1 99.3 7 26 3.7 13 1 7 44 1 1
Career 19 17 383 607 63.1 4,198 6.9 23 17 84.4 44 151 3.4 13 4 53 441 14 8

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