Alabama star Jonathan Allen leads potent defense ready to hound Florida – Columbia Daily Herald
By EDGAR THOMPSON Orlando Sentinel
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The letter arrived in January to let Jonathan Allen know he had just won the lottery.
The Alabama defensive linemen decided to take his chances and not cash it in. College football teams have spent the past three months paying the price.
The NFL draft Advisory Board informed Allen last winter he was a borderline first-round pick. Allen decided to pass up millions in guaranteed money to have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and prove the NFL wrong.
The Florida Gators will be the latest opponent to see Allen clearly had a point.
The Crimson Tide’s unstoppable force anchors the nation’s No. 1 defense and now is considered by many to be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
Allen’s approach to raise his stock has been simple.
“As opposed to looking at what I do right, I kind of focus at what I do wrong,” he said Monday.
In the process, Allen has become an every-down player and the No. 1 priority of every offense.
“He’s strong. He’s tough. He’s disruptive,” UF quarterback Austin Appleby marveled. “We’re going to have to get a plan for him, as well as the rest of the guys on that defense. I don’t think you can pick out one guy’s that weak.”
Yet Allen has become the face of a star-studded defense and the nation’s top-ranked team.
Allen’s “Superman” play Oct. 29 against Texas A&M highlights a season worthy of Heisman consideration. When the Aggies’ running back went low to block, the 6-foot-3, 291-pound Allen vaulted over him to sack quarterback Trevor Allen.
The Crimson Tide’s defensive meeting room has worn out the game film.
“When I watch the play over and over again, it’s emotional,” linebacker Shaun Dion