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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Draft Preview: Ryan Allen

Among the punters eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Louisiana Tech's Ryan Allen. He ranks in the top five in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Allen's profile page on the Bulldogs' website:

2012 Senior Season
  • The school's first unanimous First Team All-American honoree
  • first player to ever win the Ray Guy Award in back-to-back years
  • first team All-WAC and first team All-Louisiana honors
  • received an invitation to both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine
  • 20 punts inside the 20 and 21 punts over 50 yards including an 85-yard punt at New Mexico State (10/27), the longest punt in the nation during the 2012 season by any punter
  • Averaged 43.2 yards on his four punts with a long punt of 57 yards at Texas State (11/10) while completing a pass to Adairius Barnes for a first down on a fake punt
2011 Junior Season
  • The 2011 Ray Guy Award winner
  • named All-America by several publications, including receiving second team honors by the Walter Camp Football Foundation ... Received first team All-WAC and All-Louisiana honors
  • Led the nation with 39 punts inside the 20 and 22 punts inside the 10
  • Had a career day at Idaho (10/8) where he averaged 48.0 yards in his 10 punts, placing six of his 10 punts inside the 20, four inside the 10 and booting six punts for over 50 yards
  • Topped that two weeks later at Utah State (10/22) where he averaged 52.2 yards per punt, placing seven of his eight punts inside the 20 and booming five of his eight punts for over 50 yards with a game-best 66-yard punt
2010 Sophomore Season
  • Sent four punts over 50 yards and had 21 of his 60 punts called for a fair catch
  • Had 21 of his 60 punts go inside the 20-yard line
2009 Freshman Season (Oregon State): Did not play.

High School
  • Only played two years of football, earning letters both years as a punter/kicker at West Salem High School
  • first team all-state punter and kicker in 2007
  • played in the Les Schwab All-Star Game in 2007
  • first team All-Valley League in 2007 ... 2006 second team All-Valley League

College Stats:
2012: 45 punts, 48.0 yard average, long of 85 yards
2011: 83 punts, 46.1 yard average, long of 72 yards
2010: 60 punts, 40.8 yard average, long of 66 yards

During our Senior Q&A series last fall, we aked Ryan what is the most important thing he has learned during his college career regarding dealing with pressure and the mental aspects of punting:
"Pressure comes from an extreme importance you put on each punt. Like the phrase people use 'putting something on a pedestal'. I've always been one that plays well when relaxed so I do not put any extra pressure on a given situation during a game. Confidence to me is the most important quality a kicker/punter can have! To be able to always know your ability and talent is enough and to have confident in what you do has a major effect on consistency. I was once told 'the thoughts in your head will rule your world'. This is one quote I've always kept with me and know to be true. The more you tell yourself you will be great, and you will see success, the calmer and more collected you become. You eventually expect success which eliminates all negative thoughts. Replace positive & confident thoughts with negative ones and you can imagine what damage it can do mentally. ALWAYS stay positive even when things aren't going perfect. And remember, Football is NOT everything in life! Enjoy it and throw away the pressure, it's a game that is meant to enjoy!!!"

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