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ALLEN WISE BEYOND HIS YEARS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 20, 2012 – 8:25 am

At the age of 22, Colts tight end Dwayne Allen finds himself as the fourth youngest player on the Indianapolis roster.

Allen is quickly proving that age is merely a number with his play on the field and how he handles himself away from the gridiron.

A frequent community event participant, Allen always attracts a large media contingent when speaking making his 10 games of NFL experience seem not plausible for a player who understands what it takes to succeed at such a high level.

Against the Patriots, Allen had six catches for 69 yards but it was the defeat to New England that didn’t sit well with the Colts third round pick.

“Going into the game we said, we were going to use it as a measuring stick,” Allen said of the Patriots game.

“That first half showed us that we have what it takes to compete with a championship contending team but the entire game told us that we are not ready. We are not at the point that we can be a championship contending team. We have a lot of stuff to work on so we are going to use that game as motivation to work on those things week in and week out for the next six weeks.”

Over the first 10 games of his rookie season, Allen has been a reliable target for quarterback Andrew Luck and his 31 catches ranks fourth among all first-year players.

At the tight end position alone, Allen (31 catches) and tight end Coby Fleener (21 catches) are the lone rookie tight ends that have at least seven receptions this season.

The Colts find themselves all over the rookie stats as five players rank in the top 25 in receptions among all first year players in the NFL.

With the focus now turning to Buffalo (4-6) this weekend, Allen pointed to the leadership the younger guys have received from their coaches and teammates as to why this team has been so successful in bouncing back from losses.

“They don’t allow us to lull on losses or even bad circumstances with us losing coach (Pagano),” Allen said. “They switch it around and allow whatever the situation is to motivate us.”


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