Rookie Profile: Asher Allen

The Vikings rookie third round choice Asher Allen attended Tucker (Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Bill Ballard…Earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 and Super Southern 100 honors…Member of the Fox Sports Net All-South third-team, Super Prep All-American and Prep Star Top 200 squads…Rated the ninth-best cornerback in the country by Rivals.com…Earned Coaches Choice All-State honors as a junior punt/kick returner, as he had seven punt returns and two kickoffs for touchdowns…On offense, the receiver had 36 receptions for 432 yards and five touchdowns as a junior and almost 500 yards and six rushing scores…As a cornerback, he recorded six interceptions, 46 solo tackles and 20 assists as a junior… Also lettered in basketball and track.

While at Tucker High School, Allen excelled in football, basketball and track. On the football field, he earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 and Super Southern 100 honors. He was a member of the Fox Sports Net All-South third-team, Super Prep All-American and Prep Star Top 200 squads. He was rated the ninth-best cornerback in the country by Rivals.com.

Allen earned Coaches Choice All-State honors as a junior punt/kick returner, as he had seven punt returns and two kickoffs for touchdowns. On offense, the receiver had 36 receptions for 432 yards and five touchdowns as a junior and almost 500 yards and six rushing scores. As a cornerback, he recorded six interceptions, 46 solo tackles and 20 assists as a junior. His nickname is ” Double A” . Highly recruited out of high school, he committed to Georgia over Florida, LSU, Notre Dame and others.

Georgia –

Freshman year – Allen enrolled at Georgia in January, 2006, competing during spring drills. He was named the team’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year, playing in 13 contests at weak-side cornerback. He posted 24 tackles (20 solos) on defense and also handled return duties. He averaged 22.1 yards on 19 kickoff returns and 13.5 yards on four punt returns.

As a sophomore, Allen started the team’s final 11 games at strong-side cornerback, recording a career-high 64 tackles (50 solos) with a pair of sacks and a fumble recovery. He had his only interceptions (three) during his time with the Bulldogs and broke up four other throws. He tied the school single-season record with 28 kickoff returns and broke another annual mark by gaining 690 yards on those runbacks.

Junior Year – Allen started all 13 games at strong-side cornerback in 2008. The Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist played in the last five contests with a right hand fracture, wearing a cast that prevented him from getting too many interception opportunities and not handle the bulk of the kickoff return chores like he did in the past. He still managed to record 53 tackles (44 solos), adding 4.5 stops for loss while deflecting seven throws.

He closed out his Bulldogs career as one of the elite kickoff return specialists in school history despite handling the duty for just two years. Allen’s 47 kickoff returns for 1,110 yards rank third on the Georgia career record list, as his average of 23.6 yards per attempt placed him fourth in school history. Those totals were aided by his 28 returns for 690 yards in 2007, both setting new Bulldogs season marks.

Partially due to his injury, Allen decided to leave Georgia after his Junior season, joining fellow underclassmen Quarterback Mathew Stafford and Running Back Knowshon Moreno in declaring for the 2009 NFL Draft.

“Asher Allen has been a great part of our football team as well as our overall athletic program over the past three years,” head coach Mark Richt said. “We will certainly miss him, however, we wish him the very best in the NFL Draft and with his professional football aspirations in the future.”

Asher Allen may not have yet reached his “Peak” as a college player. Scouts have said that if he had returned for his Senior season, he may have eventually emerged as a top 5 pick in 2010.

Many scouts liked him for his solid Fundamentals and technical excellence. He is known as an aggressive corner with good ball skills and awareness. Although he lacks elite speed, he won’t be exposed in the Vikings two deep scheme. He has a good chance to contribute as a nickel corner in his rookie year..

Another aspect that the coaches like is his attention to detail and his hunger to do whatever it takes to get better. “He devotes a lot of time into the film room, and he was one of those guys that always bugged the coaches, ‘Give me an edge, give me another tip, give me something,'” said Georgia junior defensive back Vance Cuff. “He just studied the game a whole lot, and that’s what we need to do.”

Combine Results:

40 Yard Dash : 4.64 seconds

Bench Press : 22.0 reps

Vertical Jump : 35.0 inches

Broad Jump : 115.0 inches

3 Cone Drill : 6.73 seconds

20 Yard Shuttle : 4.31 seconds

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One Response to “Rookie Profile: Asher Allen”

  1. G.P. says:

    Awesome way to highlight all the different attributes that make DOUBLE A a dynamic and skilled Cornerback! Keep up the good work! Allen also ran the 40 yard dash in 4.33 seconds at Georgia’s Pro Day. For footage of Allen running the 40 please see below!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcSWiV-wpHY

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