Ryan Allen (American football)

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Ryan Allen
No. 6 New England Patriots
Position: Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-28) February 28, 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth: Salem, Oregon
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: West Salem (OR)
College: Louisiana Tech
Undrafted: 2013
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Punts: 287
Average punt: 45.7
Punt yards: 13,126
Longest punt: 67
Inside 20: 108
Player stats at NFL.com

Ryan Allen (born February 28, 1990) is an American football punter for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Allen won the 2011 and 2012 Ray Guy Awards and was a consensus All-American in 2012.

High school career[edit]

Allen attended West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon, where he played on the football team for two years as a punter/kicker. In 2007, he was named to the all-state first team.[1]

College career[edit]

In 2008, Allen walked on at Oregon State along with fellow punter Johnny Hekker. As a freshman, he was redshirted. He did not play in 2009 as he remained behind Hekker on the team's depth chart.[2] He then went to Louisiana Tech, and in 2010, he played in 12 games, averaging 40.8 yards on 60 punts. He had 21 punts go inside the 20-yard line. Four of his punts went over 50 yards, including a season-long punt of 66 yards.[1]

In 2011, Allen punted 83 times and set a school record with a 46.3 yard average per punt. He ranked first in the nation with 39 punts inside the 20 yard line, and he had a season-long punt of 72 yards against Mississippi State. In the Poinsettia Bowl, he averaged 43.2 yards on five punts. Allen was named to the All-WAC first team and won the Ray Guy Award as the best college football punter.[1][3]

Allen averaged 48.0 yards on 45 punts as a senior in 2012.[4] He had 21 punts that were longer than 50 yards and 20 punts that were downed inside the 20 yard line.[3] Allen had a career-long 85-yard punt against New Mexico State.[5] He led the NCAA in punting yards per punt, was a unanimous All-American, and won the Ray Guy Award for the second time, the first punter to ever win back-to-back Ray Guy Awards.[6] He is also the last American to date to have won this award; the three subsequent winners (Tom Hornsey, Tom Hackett twice, and Mitch Wishnowsky) have all been Australians.

Professional career[edit]

New England Patriots[edit]

Although two other punters—Jeff Locke and Sam Martin—were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, Allen was not. He signed a standard three-year contract as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots on April 27, 2013. During training camp, Allen beat out veteran Zoltán Meskó, who was released at the final roster cutdown.[7]

Allen was named the Week 14 AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his contributions to the Patriots win over San Diego Chargers.[8]In Super Bowl XLIX, he punted four times for 196 yards and set a Super Bowl record with a 64-yard punt, helping the Patriots to a 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.[9] On July 25, 2015, the Patriots signed Allen to a three-year contract extension; the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement allows undrafted rookies to sign extensions after two seasons.[10] The new deal, which runs through the 2018 season, has $6.1 million in new money, including a $2 million signing bonus and $1 million in guaranteed salary in 2016.[11]

In 2016, Allen was praised for his performance in the Patriots' Week 3 win, 27–0, over the Houston Texans. He punted seven times, averaging over 49 yards per punt; none of his punts were returned, and all of them left the Texans starting at or behind their own 20-yard line.[12] His performance earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.[13] The Patriots won Super Bowl LI defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime, Allen punted 4 times for 166 yards.[14]

Career Statistics[edit]

Denotes Super Bowl–winning season
General Punting
Season Team GP Punts Yards Y/P Long Blck
2013 New England 16 76 3,491 45.9 65 0
2014 New England 16 66 3,060 46.4 67 1
2015 New England 16 73 3,358 46.0 67 1
2016 New England 16 72 3,217 44.7 58 0
Career 64 287 13,126 45.7 67 2

Personal life[edit]

Allen was born in Salem, Oregon, on February 28, 1990. His parents are Mike and Sherry Allen, and he has one sister, Jessica. He was a business major at Louisiana Tech.[1]

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