Here is the second of a six-part series profiling tight end Dwayne Allen. On Monday, Allen was in studio on “The Ride with JMV” and covered a variety of topics. Below is the first piece with Allen talking about life in Indianapolis and his love for basketball:
When Dwayne Allen was growing up in Fayetteville, N.C. he thought his future would be on the hardwood.
Allen grew up as a bruising post player on the basketball court and it took until his freshman year of high school to realize that his physicality could be channeled elsewhere.
It was then that Allen picked up the pads and embarked on a high school career that would place him among the nation’s top tight ends.
The love for basketball has not disappeared for Allen and in his new home of Indianapolis he has found a new favorite team in the state capitol.
“I love Butler basketball,” Allen said. “I’ve been to some men’s games, some women’s games. I was at the Gonzaga game and that was the best basketball game I’ve ever been to, ever.”
In witnessing a 64-63 Butler buzzer beating victory, Allen went as far to say Hinkle Fieldhouse was ’10 times louder’ than what he experienced during the Colts 30-27 victory over the Packers.
Allen’s affinity to Butler began with his high school team sharing the same Bulldogs nickname. The Colts rookie tight end loves the coaching style of Brad Stevens and even owns his own bulldog.
In less than a year, Allen has been embraced by the Indianapolis community and has returned the favor as one of the most frequent community visitors on the Colts roster.
Indianapolis is Allen’s new home for the foreseeable future and No. 83 could not be any happier to call it just that.
“The people here in Indianapolis and that (Colts) organization is unbelievable, great people,” Allen said.
“The things they do for the community, the way that they treat their players, Mr. Irsay has made Indianapolis feel like home.”
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The Indianapolis Colts today hired Hal Hunter as the team’s assistant offensive line coach and Tim Berbenich as offensive assistant.
Hunter holds over 30 years of coaching experience, including the last seven seasons with the San Diego Chargers. In 2012, he served as the team’s offensive coordinator/offensive line coach following five years as the offensive line coach and one season as assistant offensive line coach.
Last season, Hunter’s offense featured quarterback Philip Rivers who threw for 3,606 yards and 26 touchdowns, marking his fifth consecutive season with 3,500-plus passing yards. Wide receiver Malcom Floyd also established his second-best receiving total for a single season with 814 yards while contributing with five touchdowns.
Under Hunter’s guidance, the Chargers offensive line garnered eight Pro Bowl selections, while blocking for three Pro Bowl running backs. From 2006-2012, the Chargers averaged 1,843 rushing yards per season and scored a total of 119 rushing touchdowns, which ranked second in the NFL during that span. In addition, the line ranked ninth in sacks allowed during that timeframe.
Prior to joining the Chargers, Hunter spent 24 years coaching at the collegiate level, including a two-year stint as offensive coordinator at Indiana University where he guided Big Ten Player of the Year, Antwaan Randle El. Hunter also coached at Louisiana State University where he served as assistant head coach in 1999. His other collegiate coaching stops include North Carolina (2002-05), Vanderbilt (1991-94), Akron (1987-90), Indiana (Pa.) (1986), Columbia (1985), Pittsburgh (1983-84) and William & Mary (1982).
Hunter’s father (Hal Sr.) was the offensive line coach for the Colts from 1982-1984 and also served as the team’s interim head coach for the regular season finale of the 1984 season.
Berbenich possesses nine years of NFL coaching experience, including six with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the Buccaneers, he served as the assistant wide receivers coach (2009-11), assistant running backs coach (2008) and offensive quality control coach (2006-07). In 2008, the Buccaneers running backs totaled 1,837 rushing yards, led by Pro Bowl running back Warrick Dunn.
In Berbenich’s first season working with the wide receivers, he helped Maurice Stovall and Sammie Stroughter achieve career-highs in receiving yardage. In 2010, he tutored a group of wide receivers that featured four rookies, including Mike Williams, who led all rookie receivers in the NFL with 65 receptions for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed wide receiver Jeremy Kelley to a Reserve/Future contract.
Kelley, 6-6, 230 pounds, played for the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League last season, where he appeared in eight games, making 19 catches for 231 yards and seven touchdowns. Prior to joining the Blaze, Kelley played one season for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 2011, where he recorded two receptions for 15 yards while also serving on special teams.
Kelley played four years for the University of Maine and tallied 13 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown. He also saw action on special teams and returned one punt for 10 yards.
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