ACC: Under Armour Senior Bowl

Paul Johnson’s option-based offense isn’t going to hold former B-back Anthony Allen back from his chance at the NFL, but those skills aren’t what the NFL scouts want to see this week as Allen practices for Saturday’s Under Armour Senior Bowl.

Allen said he’s not at any disadvantage because of the system he came from, but this week, he’s got to prove to NFL scouts that he can line up differently and run with the same effectiveness. At Georgia Tech, Allen was lined up about three yards behind the quarterback with his hand on the ground. At practices this week, he’s been lined up about seven yards back.

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Marvin Gentry/US PresswireDespite compiling over 3,000 career rushing yards, Anthony Allen says he has something to prove to NFL scouts this week.
“When it comes down to it, once you get into the NFL, it’s based on you, the person that’s in there, not where they just came from,” Allen said. “If a person loves football enough and they’re willing to do anything to stay on the field and succeed, then that’s what they’re going to do.”

“Everybody knows I can run the ball,” Allen said. “I did a decent job of it at Georgia Tech. But they want to see if I can line up seven yards deep and make the right reads, read the defensive linemen, make the right cuts and bury through the hole and finish some runs. That’s what I’m trying to do.”

So far, Allen said he is “changing some people’s opinions.” Today’s biggest challenge will be faring well in pass protection.

“Hopefully I have the courage and bravery to step up and block some people,” he said.

Allen rushed for 1,316 yards and was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2010. He ranked second in the ACC and 18th nationally in rushing (101.2 ypg). He had five 100-yard rushing games in 2010 and rushed for more than 160 yards in each of the final two games of the regular season. Allen had 1,934 rushing yards in his two-year Georgia Tech career and, including his two seasons at Louisville, rushed for 3,036 career yards.

Yet he still has something to prove this week.

“I’m hoping I can show everybody I can run from seven yards deep, and make the right reads and burst through the holes, and finish a run and be an every-down back,” he said. “I can get down concepts and pass pro and step up and protect the quarterback. There’s some good competition out here.”

Response from Senior Bowl re: FSU's Gano

January, 7, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

I was hoping for a explanation from a representative at the Under Armour Senior Bowl as to why Lou Groza award winner Graham Gano was not invited to this year's game, but didn't really get one.

"We would rather not get into discussing guys we don't invite and would prefer talking about the guys we did," said Kevin McDermond, a spokesman for the Senior Bowl, in an email.

If I was him, I would have said the same thing, otherwise you get into trouble trying to explain everyone who didn't get invited.

That said, they really missed out on Gano. Fortunately, the East-West Shrine game did not.

ACC represents in Senior Bowl

January, 5, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

The ACC will be well-represented in the Jan. 24 Under Armour Senior Bowl in Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. From what I know, the only school with players yet to be announced is Virginia, and those names should be released in about a week. Here is the most current ACC list:

BC: Defensive tackle B.J. Raji

CLEMSON: Running back James Davis, safety Michael Hamlin, quarterback Cullen Harper

GEORGIA TECH: Defensive end Michael Johnson, defensive tackle Vance Walker

NCSU: Running back Andre Brown, tight end Anthony Hill

UNC: Wide receiver Brooks Foster

VIRGINIA TECH: Cornerback Victor "Macho" Harris, and possibly one more.

WAKE FOREST: Linebacker Aaron Curry, cornerback Alphonso Smith, safety Chip Vaughn