USF Football BIO
5 Nate Allen
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Nate Allen's Career Game-by-Game Stats
2009: Among the most accomplished defensive players in USF history ... Played and started in the final 39 games of his career, beginning with the season opener in 2007 and ending with the International Bowl on Jan. 2, 2010 ... Rated as a first or second round talent by most NFL Draft experts ... Named First Team All-BIG EAST by ESPN.com and Phil Steele ... Named Second Team All-BIG East by the league's coaches ... Named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 4) after intercepting two passes in win over Syracuse ... Also named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 5), College Football Performance Defensive Back of the Week (Oct. 4) and to the BIG EAST Defensive Honor Roll (Sept. 8) ... Played, started and served as captain for every game during 2009 season ... Led team with four interceptions and 55 return yards ... Had two interceptions at Syracuse, the 11th time ever a USF defender picked off at least two passes in a game ... Second on the team with 85 tackles ... Also tallied a tackle for loss, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble ... Returned a blocked field goal 75 yard for a touchdown against Charleston Southern ... Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions during his career ... Registered nine career interceptions, which ranks fourth in the USF record books ... Played in 48 career games ... Earned the First Teamer Award as given out by the USF coaches.
2008: Preseason Thorpe Award candidate ... Finished the season fifth on the team with 53 tackles ... Also registered two tackles for loss, one sack and one interception ... Interception came during fourth quarter against Kansas and setup the game winning field goal by Maikon Bonani ... Single-game high 11 tackles against Pitt ... Four games with seven tackles or more.
2007: One of several sophomores on USF team that had breakout seasons ... Stepped into starting role after playing mostly on special teams as a rookie ... Fourth on the team and best in the secondary with 84 tackles ... Also led team with three fumble recoveries, 47 fumble return yards and one TD ... Tied for second with four interceptions, including one for TD against Pittsburgh ... Eight pass breakups and one forced fumble ... Recorded seven tackles and one interception in first career start against Elon ... Named Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week after forcing a fumble, recovering a fumble and intercepting a pass in Bulls' win at No. 17 Auburn ... Fumble recovery and 44-yard return, plus an interception in win over No. 5 West Virginia ... Five or more tackles in 11 of 13 games ... Recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff against Louisville and walked it in three yards for his first career touchdown ... Returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown the next week in a 48-37 win at Pitt.
2006: Worked as a situational backup in the secondary and also on special teams ... Had two tackles, both coming in USF's bowl win over East Carolina ... Played in nine of USF's 13 games, missing four mid-year games due to a quadriceps injury.
CAPE CORAL HIGH SCHOOL: Threw for more than 5,000 career yards and broke all school passing records ... Ranked 67th top prospect in Florida by Orlando Sentinel ... Threw for 325 yards and four touchdowns on 18 of 23 passing to lead his team from a 16-point deficit to defeat Gulf Coast 37-30 ... Class 5A honorable mention all-state as a junior and senior ... Three-time all-area player ... Also an accomplished basketball player, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.9 steals in 2005-06 ... Scored more than 1,000 career points ... Had six 20-plus scoring games including a high of 28 against South Ft. Myers.
PERSONAL: Born November 30, 1987 in Fort Myers, Fla. ... Given name is Nathaniel Ray Allen ... Son of Jackie and Darlene Allen ... High school honor roll student with 3.6 grade point average ... National Honors Society ... Has one brother and one sister ... Father played professional basketball in Europe ... Majoring in communication.