In the article, Allen – a 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end – discusses a rash of illnesses and injuries that hampered his freshman season and forced him to redshirt. He also discusses his ME studies, where he has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average. In addition to his studies and workouts, Allen has kept busy this summer teaching youth swim lessons on campus.
Allen is from Nixa, Mo., which is about 12 miles south of Springfield. He comes from a family of athletes as his sister Angie is a rower at the University of Kansas, his father Terry is a longtime college football coach – including a stint as an assistant at Iowa State from 2002 to 2005 – and was a former quarterback at the University of Northern Iowa from 1976 to 1978, and his grandfather Robert Allen was the head men’s swimming and diving coach at the University of Iowa from 1959 to 1975.